We both are reasonably healthy but we might be really BUSY post SHTF and or injured-sick for serious time spent running a hand pump for water pumping. Might be worth a try. I have not had one rupture yet. Since my last posting we have actually “lost” one of our rain water tanks due to age. Recharge trench cum injection well:- in this method a trench is dug of about 1-2 m wide and 1-2 m deep. So I use stabilized oxygen for my water storage. put garbage bags over them. Has anyone ever processed water in glass canning jars with a seal? Most of the older homes have them because the town water supplies are a bit yucky. This would be the most logical place for it. Use bleach/juice jugs. I hope these ways of storing water have shown you that is easy to take the steps necessary to build water resilience into your life and prepare for the unexpected. Looking for a financial adviser who sees the world through a similar lens as we do? So, learnings from the history only suggests that water … Will my water be ok? We’ve also compiled information from the CDC, the EPA, FEMA, as well as books and articles from professionals and preppers, about the proper and most effective practices in ensuring safe, practical water storage … I re-read your note and a 30-40 foot deep safe water productive well is a treasure. Thanks Ken, just what I was looking for I needed the numbers and I like the boiling but as we know that takes fuel. The price is right,Free, would this be seen as a suitable container for H2O? Three pints of cheap bleach per 100 gallons of water, let set 8 hours, then flush all water lines until the smell subsides. These can be found on line or locally from beer/wine supply stores. Is your garage attached to the house? They will leak out so slowly that you don’t notice, and then you will have an empty container. Weight of a 1500 gallon tank not including the plastic weight would be around 6 Tons…. Each family member also has a backup Lifestraw, Berkey Sport Bottle, or equivalent in their go-bags. If you should have any neighbor who uses purchased water in gallons. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. It looks clean but haven’t tried drinking it. Also IIRC he mentioned getting Robbed and losing even some of his foot powered sewing machines in one of his posts. Here in NH it’s how many cows per acre :-) that’s not covered with trees, and my creek is running except for winter and severe drought conditions for the Cows. I don’t plan on sticking my head out the house for at least 3 months. You can filter it and/or purify it (e.g. Or do you? Very curious. Sorry. They usually come in volumes of 3.5 to 7 gallons. Easy to store in cabinets and other small spaces. Milk jugs aren’t good for long-term storage. P.S.-the demand water pump was a gift from a neighbor for keeping his yard mowed when he couldn’t. I drink 4 to 5 oz a day to control my diabetes. I have collected water from tarps in the past, just not what I would prefer to do for drinking water. We don’t drink sodas or juices, but we make pickles and use vinegar to clean with, so I’ll save those jugs to use instead. Just Sayin, I recycle the milk jugs for greenhouse use, so when I ‘toss them out’, that’s their destination. Let’s say I have water that has been in a barrel for over a year, and somehow, contaminants got inside. Sue. We've selected and reviewed the best water storage containers based on use, durability, capacity, and design. To prevent water from growing bacteria and other bugs, use water preserver or bleach solution. Peace to you and yours. I have an opportunity to acquire a 1500gal poly tank that was used to transport Iodine. Before you store it or drink it, you may choose to test it and/or purify it using the many methods commonly available. The oldest bottle is about 6 months and it looks like water with nothing else in it, tastes fine. That’s why alternative water saving methods are critical and there’s a strong drive to encourage rain and stormwater harvesting using tanks and water storage systems in urban and rural areas. “Water is water, is water.” If you start with a pure clean source that’s known pure to begin with or treated with a safe level of chlorine, and it’s stored in a clean sealed opaque container in a cool place out of direct sunlight, it will be drinkable for “a very long time”. Has anyone canned water? Place the actual barrels on a “pallet” this allows for air circulation. These can be refilled and Northern Tool carries the adapter. for up to 4 months and rotate it with daily use. Solid? If I open the round cap would that let in the germs, etc. His bathroom is an outside deal, open shower fed by that IBC tank that is on s platform outside his garage, garage is about 20’ higher than the house, and open air bathroom/shower. Goodness Brother from another Mother why did you choose such a dry place? Not an expert or a scientist, but……years ago, I started storing water when we lived on a property that had a well and iffy electrical power. One tank is always plumbed to the laundry and the toilet on new builds. I just like with all my preps you gotta start somewhere. Although there are many things to consider when developing a water storage plan, taking a few simple, low-cost steps to build up a store of water is easier than you think. I may live in a wetter area than you Papa but frozen water is hard to process…. Punch a couple of holes in bottom cut edge, and hang for easy /untangled access to cord. Now, pour yourself a glass, then put it the freezer, it will be fine. Is there a way for you to avoid freezing? Not 100% on that, but know it needs some pressure. Yes, it does freeze up. Gallon AZ Iced Tea containers are quite thick also. I use gallon glass jugs that good ole cheap wine comes in , i sterilize them with soap, very hot water and fill with tap water that has been purified by a Berkey purifier. You don’t know what will happen, who might show up and how long it might last. Didn’t take a planned road trip to cover the cost. I think I saw one of these on Ready Resources store but haven’t seen repair kits yet. ), Will require purification and filtration to ensure safety for drinking, Usually requires additional infrastructure (solid foundations, pumping, piping, weather protection), Publicly visible water storage alerts folks of a water source during long-duration outages. Its the same as you & I drink from the tap. If you’re going to check it out, a very reputable and certified USA Berkey distributor is The Berkey Guy. For maintenance, I would dump it and replace it once every year to be assured. Maybe we should freeze ice blocks (made from cut-back gallon jugs), then remove them from the molds, pile them into a Rubbermaid-type tub, and place it all in a corner of one freezer shelf. easier for older ones to lift manage… ( easier than 5-7 gallon ones). Big bleach bottles work same way esp good for using for cleaning and flushing.in no water situations. In other words, know where it came from, the treatment it may or may not already have had, and the storage conditions it has been under. It probably helps that we start with treated municipal water. That’s what elitist preppers do. I have read Sailors and soldiers in the past used VINEGAR. Based on Ken’s article “Safe Plastics”, they should be good for water storage…but for freezing?? As another advantage, their wide mouth allows for them to be used to easily store dry goods instead of water if desired, making them a dual-purpose container. If you expect to have electricity you could use heat tape for pipes. For a reference point, municipalities treat water with chlorine from 0.5 to 1.0 ppm to kill pathogens. Do you have a basement? Contact Us Having a couple of 55 gallon barrels of water is ok but not for long term survival. I poured a quart or so, shook it to aerate and drank a cup or so. I actually have about six large tarps and a number of covered buckets and other containers on hand. containers such as kitty litter jugs , vinegar jugs,bleach jugs, new 5 gallon buckets, Pickle buckets,( takes extra effort)…all can be used after cleaning. There is research out there re: pure silver as a water purifier and it at the very least talk to a few experts…and get a few opinions . Your occasional evening prayers are refreshing. Filled a 10×20 shed. Both can boil water and cook food. The issue is, I can store two of them in my garage and the other two in a shed. Prosper! Filter all your drinking water. So for a family of four, that would be 24 gallons of water. Bought 1000 cans. The EMAS hand pump information I have uses a marble in a seat seal and mentions need for rebuilding that seat seal now and then due to suspended water grit wear. Clean by washing and leaving baking soda in til scent is gone. A few main considerations to observe before getting into the methods of storing water: We will now cover five different ways to store water and build more resiliency into our lives. It was used in Civil Defense shelters and although it is rather expensive it is still worth it in my opinion if you can afford it. :). I use it to water plants, wash some items, etc…. If you have a swimming pool test kit you could check for chlorine level. And that water wasn’t treated, but looked clear as when stored after many years. The installation instructions I read point out that before backfill the hole they need 25% capacity fill of water. ), the number of people you’re storing for, your risk tolerance threshold, your risk assessment of what might affect you, and decide for yourself how much you would like to store. I realize it would need to be cleaned a bit but thats a lot of storage if the need arose. Debbie W. If your worried about fuel, consider a Kelly kettle. (Chlorine/UV) Them little nasties love to mutiply and have families! Modern methods of growing food, foliage or flowers for the millions of us who are not green thumbs Inside Urban Green Modern methods of growing food, foliage or flowers for the millions of us who are not green thumbs ... Water Storage … Manuela Girotto, Matthew Rodell, in Extreme Hydroclimatic Events and Multivariate Hazards in a Changing Environment, 2019. As long as your water is oxygenated, it won’t become stagnant. Collect from the gutter system; use a solar pump to move it to another elevated cistern for gravity water pressure and that’s it. I don’t think that there is a “right” type of Iodine for water purification. It will take more than an ordinary rinse. more modern pumping station. Stock up on chlorine ! SUPPORT MSB at no extra cost to you: abc: I used strong plastic like emptied bleach/vinegar/cleaning/juice jugs and they lasted for about 10 years in an unused bedroom with no leaks…ever. I like that… “With water, there’s hope.” ;). These containers are made of polyethylene food-grade plastic and designed to withstand stacking and storage for long periods of time. If you leave enough room for expansion, they will be fine. That method sounds interesting to give you a supply of sterilized-boiled water for applicable use-case scenarios? Same concerns about security. I am sure you have given thought about dead animals in that surface water and the needed water purification needed. Make a concrete foundation for the barrels to sit on, about a 4×6 for two barrels. Papa Smurf No, not as long as they are made out of paper for holding milk or juice. I there are tooooo many comments to go through so forgive me if my question was answered already somewhere in the middle. I was told reverse osmosis water would dissolve some of the plastic. My instinct tells me that a 1″ overall air cushion will be more than plenty. They are not that uncommon around here for water storage, the trick is I need to get one high enough for gravity flow. Irrigation consumes double the quantity of water in comparison to all other uses. make a pit/hole in ground fill with water/treat it bundle plastic and twist n tie it to seal. I read somewhere that you can put some pieces of ginger a bird watered and that it will keep it fresh for the birds . We have R/O system connected to our kitchen sink. I fill them about 80% full as water expands as it freezes and I leave the top loose. Thanks for the tip. Papa Smurf from Ken’s article about collecting rainwater a 14 X 20 tarp can collect from a .1 inch rainfall 17 gallons and a 1/4 inch rainfall 44 gallons. MT All that I was looking for was a reliable plastic jug that will tolerate a frozen state in the freezer. Think of a bung that has a hole to a tube with a balloon on it- or a piece of closed off surgical tubing- this should be ample to accommodate any air that may be forced out due to the expansion of the water due to freeze. Jabba I’m with you on the bug out at that time but the best laid plans of mice n men….so I have a plan B and C(ish). The water is always fresh and there is no need to worry about chemical leaching from the container in hot conditions. I’d like CD from OK to come back? Keep all debris, oils, animals, and waste products away from your well area!Water is the key to survival. None had leaked or corroded, and the water was clear, no smell. I keep four 55 gal barrels of water for non drinking, any type barrel will do. I will check them out. You might also consider a biomass stove. About 70 yrs ago my father made a dog house with a air space under it. I personally try to store three gallons per person for my family to ensure that we have water both for drinking and for all the other activities in life that require water (cooking, dishwashing, sanitation, and water for the animals and plants). Drained and refilled twice a year, no algae growth at all. No problem switching milk brands for the container, either. Water will go stale after a while. all those esp 3 liter jugs do work well for water storage. A very good way to store your water is in BPA-free heavy duty plastic containers that have been manufactured specifically for water storage. You’re not missing anything – everyone else is. Easy to store in the bathroom where you will need it. Until then, though…. If the water has been initially decontaminated (e.g. Do confess to using his comment to poke fun though. The case of pool shock should provide all the chlorine I could ever need for disinfecting drinking water. When you are able replace them with heavy plastic containers. I bought a submersible water tank heater for livestock troughs from Tractor Supply (around $25 IIRC) which I put in the tank to be activated if necessary (1500w I believe) It has thermostat that kicks in at 35 degrees. Makes you feel so superior to the little man prepper when you use it. Finished with that and kept on going. Ken….. municipal water sources are still the cheapest and most adequate source for good clean drinking water. Got a great deal on a pitcher pump that can be fit on my well should power become unavailable. so it’s not wasted then refill them. by Ken Jorgustin | Sep 12, 2019 | 199 comments, Water is THE most important resource for survival. 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