How To Store Water In An Apartment For Survival

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How to store water in an apartment for survival is a critical issue these days. If you live in an apartment it’s more compact and stairs will be a problem if you have zero water stored, say on the second or third floor. I can’t even imagine the sixth floor if the elevators are not working and you need to haul water up that many floors.
Now, we could be talking about families, college students and maybe even some elderly people. Let’s talk about what we need to do now, not next week or next month. We need to be prepared as soon as possible for the unexpected. I am not a doomsday prepper, but I am well aware of what’s going on in the USA and all over the world.

I have a sister that lives in Austin, Texas and they recently had torrential rains and flooding in her neighborhood. My sister mentioned that the city asked that people not venture out on the roads unless it was absolutely necessary. Now, she does not live in an apartment but the issues are the same. She was glad she had water stored and enough food that they could be comfortable for several days.

Last year I remember a young mother emailed me explaining she had zero food or milk in the house and the roads were icy and not safe to drive on. She vowed that would never happen to her family again.

It sometimes takes a drastic situation for us to realize how important having a few gallons of water and some food in the house is when we are trying to be prepared for the unexpected. You can start by storing a little water at a time according to your budget.

How To Store Water In An Apartment

Blue Cans for Apartment

1. Blue Cans-the water is hermetically sealed in aluminum cans and they are BPA FREE. Blue Cans Website

These are great because they have 24 cans in a box and will fit under your bed(s). I sent six cases to one of one of my daughters for Christmas last year. This is some information on Amazon about Blue Cans: I quote:

  • 50 Year Shelf Life
  • 12 oz of water per can, 24 cans per case
  • 2.25 gallons of water per case
  • Hermetically sealed water purified with 12 step filtration, reverse osmosis, UV light treatment
  • Eco-Friendly Packaging End of quote.

These are great because one case of 24 cans equals 2.25 gallons. Here’s the deal, in my opinion, I like to store 4 gallons per person per day for hydration, laundry, hygiene, and cooking. You can never have too much water stored. The Red Cross states you need a minimum of one gallon per person per day. Here is the information from the Red Cross (page 7).

One thing, when you first look at the price you may go “YIKES”, but these are the perfect way to store in your car, closets, under beds and you can make end tables with them and even a coffee table with tempered glass on top.

Please think about the 50 years you can store them. 50 years and they are BPA Free! Buy one case a month until you have the amount that your family needs. These cases of water would be great for college students and the elderly for their water storage needs.

WaterBricks Easy To Store

2. WaterBricks-available in two different sizes, but I recommend the larger 3.5-gallon size for long-term storage. You can buy single containers: WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gals of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue or eight containers: Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

I use the following Water Preserver: Water Preserver Concentrate because I can fill and forget the water containers for five full years. If you use regular culinary water with or without bleach you will need to rotate the water every six months.

Nope, that does not work for me. I use 1/2 teaspoon of this Water Preserver Concentrate in each 3.5-gallon container. They stack like Lego’s on top of each other. I put 16 WaterBricks (the 3.5-gallon size) under my queen bed, which equals 56 gallons of water. Gotta love it.

How To Store Water In An Apartment For Survival by FoodStorageMoms.com

I highly recommend both of these products to store water in an apartment. These would be great Christmas or birthday gifts. Please be prepared for the unexpected, you’ll be glad you are. I promise.

Food Storage by Linda

7 thoughts on “How To Store Water In An Apartment For Survival

  • November 6, 2015 at 7:46 am
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    Great recommendations, Linda. One thing I have in my preps is a bathtub reservoir. If the situation doesn’t cut off the water supply, I can have an extra up to 100 gallons of water, if I fill it. I have water preserver for 100 gallons packed with it. Most of them include a hand siphon pump. If you’re planning on living in your apartment (or small house) long term, another thing you can do is use 30 to 55 gallon barrels. Fill and treat them, cut plywood to cover the top, drape them with fabric, a table cloth, a sheet, etc., and you have end or lamp tables.
    Have a great day! Hugs, Mare

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    • November 6, 2015 at 6:06 pm
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      Hi Mare, Yes the floors would have to be strong enough to hold the 55-gallon water-filled barrels. Crazy, remember the water beds? They were not allowed in some apratments unless they were on the main floor years ago! The 55-gallon water-filled barrels would be extremely heavy. I think we all have to be so creative to store water and food so our families can survive. Hugs, Linda

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  • September 24, 2018 at 8:42 am
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    Hi All!! My 81 y.o. mom lives in a “retirement” high rise apartment on the 7th floor. The apartments vary in size and she has one of the smallest. I’ve started getting her the bottled water (24-36 count) and stacking it on the floor in her pantry and coat closet….but, I need to re-think keeping it in the plastic wrap and getting it off the floor so she doesn’t have to bend over too far to get a bottle. Her grabber is not going to help her with getting the plastic wrap off to get a bottle of water. I’ll get it figured out. I have some extra 6-pack soda “shipping” crates that I could put the water in that would make it easier for her to just “grab and go”. She will have water to last her and her cocker spaniel to drink for a few days, plus a chilly “spit bath”.

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    • September 24, 2018 at 2:33 pm
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      Hi Trish, you are so nice to take care of your mom!! I love your idea of storing water for her and her dog. You will be blessed, I know! Linda

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  • September 25, 2018 at 7:39 am
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    🙂 I’ve been taking care of my parents for 20 years. My dad passed in Jan 2013, and I’m trying to make sure that mom has what she needs for any weather emergency.

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    • September 25, 2018 at 4:09 pm
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      Hi Trish, what a blessing you are to your mom! Good job!!! Linda

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  • May 4, 2020 at 3:43 pm
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    Wow, so glad I found this site! I have recently become more diligent about my family’s food storage and water is definitely an area we need to expand on. I love those little cans, they look like a great idea for my mom and aunt, I’m going to be ordering several cases over the next few months.

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