Water Storage

A daily water intake of 3.7 L (approx. 1 gallon) for adult men and 2.7 L (approx. 3/4 gallon) for adult women meets the needs of the vast majority of persons. However, strenuous physical exercise and heat stress can greatly increase daily water needs. (Ref. 1.).  Based on this data it is recommended to store 1 gallon per person / per day. 

Suggested water storage amounts
 Storage 3 Day 3 week 3 month
gallons (per person) 3 21 90
gallons (per family 4) 12 84 270


Reference 1. Sawka MN, Cheuvront SN, Carter R 3rd. Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA 01760-5007, USA. michael.sawka@us.army.mil. Nutr Rev. 2005 Jun;63(6 Pt 2):S30-9.