How Often: FEMA recommends rotating your home water storage every six months if not using “commercially bottled water.” If treated, your water storage can last longer.
Easiest Way: The easiest way to empty your water container is by hooking a potable water hose directly to the spigot on the bottom of your water container. If your water container is located indoors, the bottom spigot allows you to drain your water directly into a floor drain. When stacking your water containers ALWAYS empty the top container before the bottom container.
What to Do With The Old Stored Water: If you don’t want to waste good water, there are many uses for the old water in your water storage containers; you can water your plants, wash your car, or have a water balloon fight. Any way you do it, it’s better not to waste good water (though in some cases, it can’t be helped). You can also use the water to flush toilets or wash a few loads of laundry... just use your imagination and be creative!
Chlorine Drops: Chlorine drops are a great way to treat your water for long term storage. This can allow your water storage to last up to five years.
Avoid Sunlight: Keeping your water out of the sunlight is one of the single most important ways to protect your water storage. WaterPrepared water storage containers do this for you; each water container is made with a special UV protectant similar to sunscreen. By reducing exposure to UV rays, the risk of bacteria growing in your water is minimized. However, it is still best to keep your water container in a cool, dark place.
Check for Leaks: It is recommended to visually check your water containers on a regular basis to verify there aren’t any leaks.