Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Amount of water to drink

Here's a guideline for how much water/Gatorade we should be drinking.  Now these amounts are for someone doing hard physical labor in hot weather, but it's still a good guide and a real eye opener for those who think you need 1 gallon of water per day per person to survive.  As you can see here, you may survive but you sure won't be able to do much hard work in hot weather.

Typical bottle of water = 16.9 ounces
32 ounces = 1 quart
Number of water bottles needed per person/per hour = 2 (1 quart per hour)
Typical case of water = 24 bottles
Water to electrolyte enhanced drink ratio = 2 to 1 (2 bottles of water for 1 bottle Gatorade)

Water needed per person based on a 12 hour shift:
Bottles 24 / Cases 1 / Gallons 3

Number of cases needed per person:
3 hour shift = ¼ case
12 hour shift = 1 case

If it is hot and you are working hard and not drinking this amount you will end up quite weakened.  Your vital organs, including your brain, will not function properly. 

Did you notice that the amount of liquid needed if you are working a 12 hour day in hot weather should be three gallons - two gallons of water and one gallon of Gatorade?  A 55 gallon barrel of water will last one person 2 ½ weeks.  For one person!  Do you really have enough water stored for you and those you expect to work hard when TSHTF?   

I love my well!  Even so, we have about 40 cases of water/Gatorade that we rotate (drink and replace) each year.

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