I have spent a-lot of time researching the general subject of various plastics versus their apparent safety for food and water, and there is a-lot of opinion and passion about it. Regarding #1 plastic, the fact that it is thinner (than #2) makes it less than ideal for long term water storage. For example, if you leave a plastic water bottle in your hot car, then drink it after it has been sitting there for a time, chances are you will taste a bit of plastic. Regarding #2 plastic, even though it may be considered food grade, given the controversy surrounding long term effects of leaching, it makes sense to rotate your water sooner rather than later. My opinion is that if you’re storing water for long term, and if using plastic containers, you should use #2 HDPE food grade. When it comes to SHTF survival, the issues of long term effects from (the possibility) of leaching (even though the plastic is considered food grade) is miniscule in comparison to the need for water itself. Mine were stored in 2 levels – one resting on the other with a thin separator between them acting as a platform for the top level.
I have water in four gallon buckets that sat all winter between the house and the green house and did not freeze. You don't quite know what it is, or how it could possibly have happened, but inexplicably the water in the bottle seems to have gone bad! You may also choose to chlorinate the water with 16 drops of unscented chlorine bleach (e.g.
When in doubt about whether a particular container is food grade, you can contact your local water authority for advice.
If you notice a leak or hole in the containers after having stored the water, do not drink from the container. Even if you store perfectly good water, storing it in the wrong way will mean that when you really need it, you will find yourself drinking poison rather than water.
Beyond that, you can start a more aggressive plan to provide clean water to your family in the event of an emergency. In any extended emergency, you will need to find other ways to obtain and treat water, such as a pond, lake, well, or even through rain collection.
If you want your water to taste like oil and if you don’t mind the toxins the containers will impart, use them! I was taking ear antibiotics, 3 times a day for 7 days, and as soon as any water got in there, we started over…Using Colloidal Silver, I put a half an eyedropper in the ear, leave for 10 minutes and am done!!
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For about $500, I bought a 250 gallon black plastic water tank and a 12 VDC RV pump and accumulator. Sorry so long but emergency water is the first priority but is always given a back seat to food storage (also important).
Consider this an absolute base-line though, as many of the above considerations could up your family water needs considerably. One easy way to do this is just to buy a few cases of bottled water and store them away from heat and light (which can cause the plastic to leech chemicals into the water). If you are using any kind of plastic containers, or if the containers are not in a somewhat temperature-controlled space or exposed to light from time to time, do not store the water in them for more than 6 months.
To give you time to do this, and in order to have water on hand for getting out of dodge if need be, make sure you have a water storage plan in place to provide at least a couple weeks of water for your family. I have a small solar panel(1800 watts) but it was very expensive and doesn’t produce enough power.
I then modified my kitchen sink by adding a valve to isolate the sink cold water from the house supply.
If you are using the water within six months you should not use swimming pool clorination unless you run it through a water purification system such as a Berkey. The plastic containers can leech dangerous chemicals into anything you store in them, degrade over time, and often are so thin that rodents, bugs, and other pests have no trouble finding their way into the container. Other than glass, or stainless steel, which can be sterilized by boiling in hot water for at least 20 minutes, it is better to be safe than sorry. I also added plumbing and another valve to connect the tank supply to the sink cold water supply. But the sugars in fruit and milk are impossible to completely remove from the plastic, and can easily start your own petri dish of bacteria over time.


I am sure you will be able to think of another use for these (or at least recycle them), but water storage is not the thing.
These can even come in very large sizes that can hold many gallons of water, but obviously these will be difficult, if not impossible, to transport if you need to leave your home in a hurry. There are many out there including ordinary swimming pool test kits – however they are generally not able to accurately measure such small amounts in my experience.
They were all tucked away, unused for a few years, when someone discovered that almost every one of the unopened water jugs (looked like milk jugs) were empty or close to it.
If using a plastic container, store away from gasoline, kerosene and pesticides, as vapors from them can permeate the plastic if it is thin enough. Even if you are not sure how much you will eventually need, it is best to start somewhere and store what you can. How often you need to rotate your water supplies will depend largely on how well you are able to store them. I am surprised at the number of water articles that don’t discuss water filters you can buy. The best water filtration is only as good as the water you drink after going through the filter. Take care to not fill the bottles completely and expell air leaving a void in the container.
You do what you can do and if you are a woman of faith you pray that God would give you wisdom on what to do first. Glass is easy to come by, easy to sterilize, and does not pose the same risk of leeching chemicals into the water. A container should be used within a short period of time after being opened, so drinking a 50-gallon drum of water in time will be a challenge.
I use them in a glass gallon jug and a back-up , when one is empty I refill it and use the second one until the prill beads take hold on the refilled jug, I just keep rotating and always have crystal clear clean water n my fridge.. I have taken a slightly used surplus 80 gallon oil fired water heater, cut the firebox off, and connected the tank, with bypass and isolation valves, in the fresh water supply from the well. Any kind of chemical (yes – including cleaners) could soak into the plastic and then soak right back out again into your long-term water storage.
If you live in a desert area, with little local water, women in your family who may be pregnant or nursing, children, and a couple pets, you will want to triple that amount, or more. I’ve also been told that a good brand of regular unscented bleach is the best stand alone purifier for bulk water purification and storage, when accomplished properly. The only exception that I can see for this would be if you lived in an extremely dry climate. The downside is that you may need to be concerned about whether or not your water was treated with chlorine, since chlorine can corrode steel over time.
Store containers away from any fuels or chemicals as the vapors from these items can penetrate plastic over time.
My experience with having measured the municipal water supply chlorine levels from the last two residences where I lived (I currently have well water) resulted in levels approximating 1.0 ppm or less. You walk, running almost to the bottle of water you remembered seeing on your desk, Yes the one that has been there forever and a day.
You see what happens is not that the water 'expires' so much as it gets contaminated in one of two ways. In ideal storage conditions (sterilized stainless steel drums with clean water in a temperature-controlled environment) you may be able to store water for up to three years before it will need to be rotated.
I noticed you didn’t mention Prill beads, they are great for keep water clean and bacteria free.
A water bob is a plastic bag with spout that you place in your bathtub and fill it up from your bath or shower. While some people would say that all plastic is questionable, for long term storage, certainly non-food-grade plastic is definitely out.
The article mentions locality of a source will be a factor in the amount you need to store however there aren’t many places in the US that are far from a stream or some body of water. What is even more concerning is that water can be “bad” without anyone ever knowing it until it is too late. Instead, use this water as “gray” water for watering plants, washing and cleaning, or even filling up the kiddie pool in the summer.


Crystal clear water can have dangerous bacteria growing in it, chemical run-off, high levels of lead, mercury, or even arsenic! I keep a supply of pool shock treat to keep the chlorine level of the water in the tank at about 0.5 ppm (same or less than pool water). Since the freezer is rarely filled, the frozen water will sustain the freezer for about a week and a half or longer in case of a power outage and at the same time provide water for use in drinking or cooking. Although much of my water is stored in containers designed for long-term water storage, I also have a lot in two-liter bottles, which are made of sturdy plastic. The first way is when you leave water in an open container at room temperature for an extended period of time. I am very interested in the 3,000 watt portable power plant that you built.and your water generators. While you may be able to get great cheap or free barrels through Freecycle, Craig’s List, or scouting what is laying around your neighborhood, better to find another use for them besides food or water unless you know with absolute certainty what was in them before. We are Pepsi Max junkies and accumulate a lot of bottles which will last indefinitely as opposed to the gallon jugs that water is sold in, which disintegrate and leak after a few months. It makes so much more sense to me to use a water filter (like a Berkey) than to store and store and store, and use up all that space that could go towards food storage etc.. However, the reason that plastics have become so ubiquitous is that they have some unique properties and advantages.
A clean transfer is required to the test bottle or you will probably have bad test results.
I’m not sure whether this will keep the water potable for more than 6 months or a year so if anyone has credible info about this I would like to hear it. Right about now, you are probably thinking – I know, I can use old milk jugs and juice bottles!
They used Prill beads in the peace corps , it filtered and cleaned water they found in the nether regions of Africa, it cleaned up muddy water and pond water which is full of bacteria so its certainly good enough to clean up tap water and it can be used for a lifetime, never needs replacement and one small bag will work for a gallon jug, they also hydrate every cell in your body, they really penetrate , great for your skin , might as well beautify yourself while you’re at it, if you are drinking stored water you already have enough to worry about without dry skin. Even in the event you need to leave your home, a couple gallons of water in the car could suffice, until you had your portable Berkey set up and running. I’ll also plan to filter the stored water through a kitchen type gallon filter before ingesting. The second way of contamination is where the container you store water in starts to leach chemicals into the water it is holding. While you might think if you just wash it well enough then it will be fine, don’t take chances with your water – it is just too important!
This plant produces enough electricity to run my two 75 pint water generators (basement dehydrators). And just like the bottled water, make sure to store in a climate-controlled environment without direct sun exposure. The second reason is why all bottles have been boasting about being 'BPA Free' for the last two or so years. My plan is to do this, then have it tested at my local water department (common test for new wells) after 6 months to see how I’m doing, and if it may be good for another few months (to test the limits). You can solve this problem by looking for steel drums that are lined with a protective coating.
I can also shut off the water main and filter the water in my 75 gallon hot water tank if need be. If you can afford it, your best bet is to purchase plastic tanks specifically designed for water storage. If I added, as you suggest, nearly 70ml, I would not need a free chlorine meter, the water would stink of chlorine, unsafe for human consumption. We do want a line of water barrels against our back wall outside the house, but for indoors and ready access, we wanted something that made more sense to us.We began our purchase of one brick at a time, and then I happened to win a set of 4 from Food Storage Made Easy during one of their many fabulous challenges.



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