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I have some water questions, please.

It is usually said that one should store 1 gallon of water/person/day. I have 2 questions regarding this:

1) How many litres make a gallon? (I am from India. We use the metric system.)

2) Is this 1 gallon suggestion meant for only drinking purposes (such as drinking, cooking etc) or does it include non-drinking purposes also (such as washing, sanitation etc.)? If it is only for drinking purposes, can somebody mention the volume required for non-drinking purposes also?

Thanking you in anticipation.

-- Parthasarathy Srinivasan (psrinivasan99@yahoo.com), December 18, 1999


Sorry for the double posting. I had a problem with my internet connection.

-- Parthasarathy Srinivasan (psrinivasan99@yahoo.com), December 18, 1999.

Hi. I beleive that 4litres is about equal to 1 gallon. The gallon per day may vary to each person...I don't frink a gallon of water a day. That's an averaged amount.

Also, the gallon a day is for consumption. How much you store for bathing depends upon how much you bathe/shower a day...in case of water shortages I would suggest a sponge bath. Shower when it rains.

Hope this helps some. Take care.

-- Satanta (singingInTheR@in.com), December 18, 1999.

Four quarts equals one US gallon quart is 32 fluid ounces liter is 33.8 fluid ounces

US gallon is four quarts ( 128 fluid ounces) ...or 3.786 liters ( fluid ounces)

A Canadian gallon is five US quarts (or 4.73 liters) A Canadian gallon = 1.25 US gallons.

If you sell something by the gallon be sure to check the jug the customer brings. He may fill a Canadian gallon jug but pay you for a US gallon.

-- RT (Rngfr49@yahoo.com), December 18, 1999.

Parthasarathy Srinivasan, Since one gallon per day is not an exact amount, you can use four liters per day. Close enough. This is for drinking and cooking. You don't NECESSARILY need to store water for non consumptive purposes. You may have access to water which is not potable, but is perfectly suitable for many other uses.

Rainwater may or may not be a good source of potable water, but it is certainly suitable for flushing toilets, bathing, clothes and washing,etc. Most creeks and rivers are suitable for all of these purposes except consumption or possibley dish washing.

When we went to Baja on the Green Tortoise bus (fun!) we even used ocean water for dish washing, as the nearest fresh water was hours away.

Hope this helps.


-- Al K. Lloyd (all@ready.now), December 18, 1999.

Alk...thanx and well added comments. Wasn't sure what the hell the other persons point was....at first I thought it was an echo then he went into this crap about Canadian vs. U.S. gallons and paying/buying something or another...

-- Satanta (EventHoriz@on.com), December 19, 1999.

To keep our tissues healthy and our toxins flushed from our bodies, adults are advised to drink 8 - 8oz glasses of pure water daily (not coffee, tea, soda, etc.) However, very few people actually do. Children, of course, would require less. That many glasses would equate to 1/2 gallon, or about 2 liters per adult body for you. the rest of the *gallon of water per day* is assumed to be used for cooking. However, if you have stored a lot of canned foods, that water will be unnecessary for cooking. If you cook pasta in water, be sure to save to water for drinking. It won't taste as good as fresh water, but the body doesn't care as long as it is water.

-- Kenin Marble (kenin17@yahoo.com), December 19, 1999.

To us from Grandpappy, June 28,1999 One of those posts that just sticks with you, all about real life experiences and measures surrounding survival is....


Try it, you'll like it. mikey

-- spun@lright (mikeymac@uswest.net), December 19, 1999.

Thanks, all of you, for answering my queries.

-- Parthasarathy Srinivasan, India (psrinivasan99@yahoo.com), December 20, 1999.

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