Today, it’s all about water storage, how much do you really need? It may not be a popular opinion, but I’m all for having stored water for emergency water storage. The truth is that you never know when natural disasters or human-made disasters will occur. The American Red Cross states that to be properly prepared we need one gallon per person per day. I get thirsty just typing that statement.
I really struggle when I think of families trying to survive a disaster with only one gallon per person per day. In a pinch, you may be ok for a couple of days, but for a longer period, I think that amount spells trouble. I strongly suggest you have four gallons of water storage per person per day. It’s a good idea to store drinkable water and potable water in case of a major disaster.
Long-Term Water Storage
I decided I needed to update this post based on all the talk about the drought here in the west and the history of floods in the eastern states. Here’s the deal, I can almost bet you we will need to share our water storage with a few neighbors, friends, or family that didn’t store quite enough for their family, besides just trying to get your family through the tough period.
I received a comment from someone from a few years ago in Puerto Rico by the name of Maritza and I have to tell you her comment melted my heart.
I just have to share it: “Hi I am from Puerto Rico and thanks to your advice I started both a food and water storage that allowed us as a family of 6 to endure Hurricane Maria’s aftermath. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!!!”
I have never met her, but I admire her tenacity to be prepared for the unexpected. I was answering her comment and the Ellen DeGeneres show was on TV featuring Ricky Martin who is also from Puerto Rico. He was showing the world how much the people living there needed so many items! What are the odds, I would have that show on at the very minute I was answering Maritza’s comment? If I ever have the chance to go there, I want to hug this amazing woman, Maritza! I want to talk to you about your emergency water supply and how much you really need to store.
Water Storage-How Much Do You Really Need
Please Store Water: Emergency Situation
Sometimes I get on the bandwagon, so to speak, about water storage. I feel strongly that I need to share my ideas of how to store water and lots of it. The other day I was looking on the Internet at the single 3.5-gallon blue WaterBricks and it said they are currently unavailable. Please keep checking to see when they are available. Today, they are available, but for how long, I don’t know. It appears the prices have gone up too. The supply chain issues in the global economy are really affecting a lot of people!
I’m assuming maybe people are now aware of how quickly water can’t be purchased in grocery stores once they hear about a pending storm or soon after it has passed by. WaterBricks and 4 WaterBricks
WaterBricks for Water Storage
I have several of these stored, even some under my guest bedroom queen bed. This gives you an idea of how to store some, and they also stack on each other to help save room. Guest Bedroom Post by Linda
Each WaterBrick holds 3.5 gallons (the larger ones) and they weigh about 27 pounds each when filled with water. If you think about using these, they hold 3.5 gallons which is almost enough water storage for one person for the day. Do you have four people in your family? You need 16 of these for you to have coverage for four days. If you want seven days’ worth of water storage for four people you need 28 WaterBricks.
Please remember to fill your containers with a lead-free hose if you fill them outside with your house faucet. Lead-Free Hose and use Water Preserver so you only have to rotate the water every five years. If you use bleach you need to rotate every six months. One 3.5-gallon WaterBrick unit needs 1/2 teaspoon of Water Preserver for each container.
One major advantage to the Water Bricks is I can lift them without a lot of trouble. I found that 5-gallon containers were too heavy for me to move around easily. The 3.5-gallon units were ok, not that I could move them long-distance if full.
Barrels for Water Storage
I recently saw some 55-gallon water barrels at a store in Hurricane, Utah for just under $40.00. That’s cheaper than I have seen in years. These need a bung to close the cap and a pump to pump the water out when water is needed. BUNG and WATER PUMP
Sometimes you can get some of these barrels at Walmart. You’ll also find them at Emergency Preparedness/Be Prepared, and Amazon. They are expensive online. Typically the bungs and pumps are right next to the barrels. You would use one full container of Water Preserver in each of these units.
Mark and I wondered how difficult it was to use the pump in the barrel. We needed to move one of the barrels since the pallet it was stacked on had broken and needed to be replaced. Mark took off the cap, put it in the pump, and started pumping. To his surprise, the pump acted like a siphon and the water kept running without the pump being activated again. He did have to repeat this a couple more times, but that barrel was empty in about 20 minutes without a lot of pumping action.
Water Storage in Bottles
We can buy cases of water at the grocery store that come in 24 bottles or more to a case. These are fine as long as you rotate them. Please keep them stored out of direct sunlight. You would need to calculate how many ounces are in the brand you buy and decide how many cases your family needs for each day.
Any clean water stored is better than no water at all. Please remember to buy a little at a time and keep adding to your inventory as budgets and space allow. Before long you will have 30 days or more worth of water.
The small bottles work fine for drinking and cooking, even though you’ll go through them fairly fast. The challenge comes when you need some “personal hygiene” attention, even if it’s just a sponge bath. The other challenge is if it’s time to wash a few pieces of underwear. You’ll go through those cases pretty quickly.
Best Solution: Blue Cans
This product is by far one of the best containers to store water. They will last 50 years and they taste better than any water you’ll taste anywhere. If you live near a distributor you don’t have to pay for the shipping.
Almost every time I talk about these I get a few remarks about how expensive they are. Yes, they are expensive, but they are worth every penny to me.
I have 18 cases stored behind a dresser in my bedroom. I can set and forget them and sleep at night knowing I have water for Mark and me, at least for drinking and cooking when needed. If you’re looking into emergency preparedness, start with water! These blue cans will change the way you look at long-term storage for water.
Blue Can Water (continued)
I recently took a 24-pack case to a subdivision that asked me to talk about food and water storage. The people were in awe over the BlueCans of water. I don’t sell them, although I would like to buy a pallet and send it here and have a few families split the cost.
I couldn’t get anyone in my neighborhood to go in on a pallet, but this other subdivision is trying to figure out how many to order. If you live near any of these distributors, you may want to set and forget a few cases, you won’t be sorry, I promise.
I found one place that sells for less than anywhere else: Brownells
If you are just getting started on your food and water storage journey, please start with my book if you haven’t purchased it yet: “Prepare Your Family For Survival”
If you really want to get serious about water storage there are storage tanks you can buy that hold large quantities of water. The challenge is finding a place to store the tanks and having a way to treat the water (see Water Preserver above). We have a 160-gallon tank in one corner of the garage and a 250-gallon unit in another corner. I really feel prepared with these large tanks full and ready to dispense water when needed, and with the Water Preserver, I only have to empty and refill the tanks every five years.
Both of these tanks have spigots at the bottom so you can empty them, or just draw a few gallons when needed. The only time I emptied and then refilled one of the tanks I just hooked a hose to one of the spigots and drained the water into my flower beds. Remember that long-term water storage doesn’t happen by accident, you have to be intentional about the amount of water you store!
Where else can I store water?
Now, these options aren’t for super long periods of time water storage. However, if you have a warning (like a hurricane warning), you can quickly fill up containers like this for flushing water or for cooking.
- Liter soda bottles
- Juice bottles
- Stainless steel bottles
- Gallon jugs
- A hot water tank or water heater
- Swimming pool (pool water)
- Reuse water bottles
- Any type of clean containers that you have are great for storing water in an emergency
Food-grade plastic containers are preferred! Don’t forget that you’ll need water for emergencies that may come your way. Sometimes you only have a few hours to put together last-minute potable water storage and these containers work great for that.
More Water Storage Tips
- The Best Water Storage Containers
- Why You Need Emergency Water Storage
- How to Barter with Food and Water
Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. Please get your water storage to the level you feel necessary so you won’t have to stand in line at the store or wait for the government or another group to hand out cases of water.
I’d suggest you try a variety of options outlined above to see which water storage containers work best for you and your family. We are so used to being able just to turn the water faucet on and off. Please think again. Remember that this post is a good starting point for storing water and using water containers. May God bless this world, Linda
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