15 Expected and Unexpected Water Storage Solutions for Preppers
No one can put a price on being ready for survival in the event of an unforeseen incident, be it natural or man-made. It is during these times that being resourceful and knowledgeable of different ways to store one of the most precious resources on earth, water, becomes an absolute necessity. There are many ways to prepare for a water shortage and adapt to one if you’re caught unprepared.
1. Water Bottles (Store Bought)
Water bottles are perhaps the most convenient storage option, but they are not the best choice for long term storage. Because the bottles are clear and can be exposed to light, bacteria and algae can grow. However, if water bottles are a preferred method of storage, make sure the bottles are BPA free.
2. 55-Gallon Water Barrels
Although these barrels can take up a lot of space, they are excellent for water storage. Two 55-gallon barrels can service a family of four for an entire month. They are BPA free and UV resistant which helps with storing large amounts of water safely, and without fear of any kind of chemical poisoning from the plastic. However, the barrels can be expensive when purchased new. The barrels are cheaper if you buy them used, however, exercise caution. When buying used barrels make sure that toxic chemicals weren’t previously stored in them and that they are thoroughly cleaned before water storage.
3. Water Bricks
If you are looking for ways to store water that also provide an efficient use of space, water bricks should be considered. These containers can be filled with water and stacked up to 4-feet high. Water bricks hold 3.5 gallons of water and are made of sturdy polyethylene. They are multifunctional and can be used to store a wide variety of items other than water.
4. Rain Barrels
Rain barrels are a good source of storable water. However, there are some factors to take into consideration. The rain water that rolls off of rooftops, gutters, and other unsanitary areas and collects in these barrels can contain many harmful chemicals and pollutants. Although rainwater can be purified, it is really not the best source of drinking water. Depending on where you live, it may even require a permit or be illegal to collect. If you plan on collecting rainwater, make sure it’s legal to do so.
5. Multi-Gallon Jugs
Multi-gallon jugs are another practical choice for water storage because they do not take up a lot of space. Unfortunately, they are not stackable and the fact that they come in clear containers is a mounting issue over time, due to algae growth. However, Many stores do carry stackable BPA free 5-gallon water jugs that will last 10 days for 1 person. These jugs are resistant to bacteria due to the opacity of the jugs and, as a result, the jugs can be stored for long periods of time. These jugs come in either 5 or 7-gallon sizes.
6. Reusable Nalgene Bottles
Nalgene bottles are made of BPA-free durable impact-resistant Tritan Copolyester. They are odor and flavor resistant, unlike most plastics. These bottles are strong enough to withstand a lot of abuse and still maintain their integrity, keeping water safe and uncontaminated.
7. The WaterBOB
If you’re ever caught without the opportunity to store a large quantity of water, the WaterBOB is an excellent last minute resort. The WaterBOB is a large heavy duty BPA free food grade plastic bag. It can hold up to 100 gallons of water, enough to last 16-weeks, depending on usage. It’s simple to use and only requires that you place this bag inside your bath tub and fill it until the entire bag is full. A siphon pump can be used to quickly and easily retrieve water. Storage is not a problem because it remains in your bath tub.
8. Water Cisterns
Water cisterns take long-term storage to another level. These waterproof containers are extremely big and built to hold large amounts of water, as much as 10,000 gallons. They are generally designed to hold rainwater and can be stored underground, due to the large size of the container. Cisterns are often not made from food grade quality containers and the water does require filtration before drinking. A water cistern can last four people up to 5 years.
9. 320-Gallon Ultimate Water Reserve Combo
This water storage system comes with two 160 gallon tanks, plus the supplies to treat and purify the water. These tanks are stackable and only take up 7.5 square feet of floor space, making them real space savers.
10. The Hot Water Heater
In a pinch, you can always find water in unexpected places. The hot water heater happens to be one of them. Water can be drained from the hot water heater using the drain valve. Hot water heaters can hold up to 80 gallons of water and in an emergency situation, this could save lives.
11. The Top Toilet Tank
The toilet tank holds a few gallons of tap water that are actually safe to drink. When water reserves run low the toilet tank could be a resource. If you do decide to use the tank water remind everyone not to use the toilet.
12. The Pool
If you have a pool, you are lucky enough to have a huge water reserve in an emergency situation. However, as time passes the chlorine will dissipate leaving the water vulnerable to algae and bacteria. As a result, the water will have to be purified and filtered due to all the contaminants that have come in contact with it.
13. The Fish Tank
It may sound like a stretch, but in an emergency, all water sources are up for grabs, even the fish tank. A 20-gallon fish tank can last 1 person about 3 weeks. Make sure the water is filtered and purified before drinking.
14. The Freezer
The freezer is another water source that people don’t always think of. The freezer can be defrosted and as the ice melts a container can be used to catch the water. This is a welcomed addition in emergency situations.
15. Canned Vegetables
Canned vegetables are usually stored in water in order to keep them fresh. This is another water source that can be stored in the event of a water shortage.
Being prepared for a disaster can be the difference between life and death. Taking the time to choose a water storage method or a few, and getting started, is practical. Become familiar with the storage materials and water sources you plan on using and make sure that you have purification and filtration products on hand when needed. We can live without many things, but water is not one of them.