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Can I preserve water for emergency use by canning it? How long can I keep it?

 

Although it would be possible to can water for emergencies, it is a waste of energy and canning jars. It is not necessary to heat treat water to be stored for emergencies. Water reserves can be stored in thoroughly washed, clean containers with tight-fitting lids such as plastic milk jugs. Clean water stored in clean containers with tight-fitting lids will remain palatable for an indefinite period. Check containers periodically for leaks or cloudiness. If the water starts to look, taste or smell bad, change it. If you have any doubts about the safety of the water to be stored, purify it before storage by boiling or chemical treatment.
 

 

Source: "A Food Plan for Emergencies," University of California, leaflet 21247.

 

 


 

 

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