For those who are new to the emergency preparedness world or just looking for some water storage items for your emergency food storage, this blog is a must read. When searching for a BPA free water storage containers you need to make sure they are BPA-free and made out of HDPE.
What is BPA?
You might have read or heard in the news regarding a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a chemical added to some plastics commonly used to make beverage containers and several other plastic containers with the recycle symbol 7. Research has discovered that BPA can leach into your food and water from containers that have the chemical in them. The research also showed that food and water contaminated with BPA caused many health problems including issues related to the prostate gland and the brain.
What is HDPE?
You might not be aware of this but HDPE is found in plastic product all around you.
HDPE stands for High-Density Polyethylene and is found in containers with the recycle symbol 2 and its in common house hold items like your milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles, plastic bags and much much more! HDPE is a very durable plastic designed to withstand high temperatures (230 °F | 110 °C), and is opaque in color.
Now that you know what BPA and HDPE are, you probably get a little sense of why knowing about them is important relative to the types of containers you use to store your water. A container that is BPA-free and is made from HDPE is critical. First off, Bisphenol A (BPA) is simply a chemical that can cause harm to your body and when dealing with an emergency you don't need to have the additional problems or symptoms from the BPA.
You can find a vast variety of products that are BPA-free since it has been brought to the attention to the public. HDPE is no doubt the way to go with when looking for a water container. Since it is opaque in color it will not allow sun light to penetrate through the plastic, by doing that it will help minimize the growth of algae and bacteria in your water supply.
I can't emphasize enough the importance of high quality water containers. Let's face it, you can last weeks with out food but only days with no water. So, do yourself and your family a favor and start your emergency preparation off right. Start by having enough water for your household for 72 hours, this is a must! Get started with our BPA Free, HDPE water storage containers.