Emergency Water storage is a topic that most survivalists are pretty familiar with; unfortunately few of them actually have a long-term water plan. Anyone who is prepping for a long-term survival situation needs to have a good emergency water storage solution.
The storage containers that you choose to work with is really up to you, and will probably depend how much room you can dedicate to your water storage needs. When selecting areas to store your water, try to pick cool dark areas that do not receive direct sunlight. One of the cheapest and easiest ways to start storing water is to wash and refill your old plastic water bottles when you’ve finished with them.
Most commercial water bottles can be reused at least one time; beyond that you may have to worry about leeching from the plastic. I advise against using ordinary milk jugs, as they don’t last as long as other bottles and are almost impossible to completely clean. 55 Gallon Water barrels are a pretty common option for survivalists, and they should be pretty easy to find at almost any outdoor sporting goods store. While these types of containers may be too big for some, they offer the added benefit of being able to catch rain water by hooking them up to your rooftop gutter systems.
2 Liter bottles –  These bottles make great containers for storing water, and are easy to tuck away in small apartments where larger storage systems are not possible. The Water BOB – We came across the WaterBob a couple of years ago and thought it was a great emergency option for people who live in apartments.
Knowing where to find water during an emergency – Make sure you check out our article on urban water sources. Storing water is great, but should the day come when you run through your supplies you’re going to need a way to find and filter water.
Berkey Water Filter – The Berkey Water Purification System is a popular filter in the survivalist community. Good Quality Pots – Another thing you should consider is a good quality stainless steel pot for boiling water.
A brita filter will work in a pinch to remove sediment and such however because it is not fine enough for bacteria or viruses it would be a good idea to also pick up a package of the water purification tablets for use after using the brita filter. I once read a comment that really made sense to me and that was to take a protractor and with a map of your area draw a 5 mile circle around your place, then map out each body of water where you can get water from, a lake, pond, golf course pond etc. You can then use your empties to purify new sources of water in a similar fashion that is used in 3rd world countries. Should you be able to stay in your home, monitor your pool VERY closely, and keep your 11,000 gallons clean. Sorry, I strongly disagree with the statement that pool water has less chlorinating compounds than city tap water. Those impurities and chemicals will way heavy on your kidneys for long term negative health effects.
You could use a Seychelle Water Bottle filter to filter a 100 gallons to 99.9999% for real safe water for your kids to drink.
This may seem a bit off topic for this thread but I am wondering if there is a simple way to treat pee so that you could water your plants with it so you wouldn’t have to use your fresh water supply to keep your fresh vegies watered. I have assembled several 5 gallon food-grade buckets with O-Ring seals in their lids, in which pickles were delivered to local restaurants. I washed these out with a bleach solution to get rid of the pickle remnants and want to use these for water and food storage containers. If you will be using house fixtures, like outdoor spigots, buy a hose rated for drinking water. Remember, you don’t have to purify water that you will using to water plants, wash clothes or flush toilets. Any more opinions or comments about iodine are welcome but in a discussion about water purification I felt it was necessary to say. The problem with filling those big blue containers with water you intend to drink is you can’t see inside them. Regardless of your water source, or how you may have stored it, the very last thing you need to do before raising that water bottle to your lips is to make sure you have just run that water through a water PURIFICATION unit, such as a Berky or a Kaytadyn. I just have a few comments; I would be careful in re-using containers such as 2 ltr soda bottle or water bottle. Plastic will leach more chemicals into water faster at higher temperatures if the plastic contains anything harmful. FEMA recommends that everyone have enough water to last three days should your regular water source be disrupted.


Three days is a good starting point, but even during run-of-the-mill disasters, water access can be down for much longer than that. If you’re looking to store more than a month of water, you might consider getting one (or more!) of these 320-gallon water storage systems.
If you find yourself in a scenario where you have a paper bag but not a pot in which to boil water in…I present to you a life hack from a 1950s issue of Modern Mechanix magazine. The problem with relying on pool water for a long-term water solution is that in a grid-down situation in which water and electricity are out for more than a week, that pool water is going to go bad.
Considering the importance of water, it always surprises that so many survival minded people don’t take the topic more seriously. This solution should not only allow you to store large amounts of water, but is should also allow you to capture and filter water from multiple sources. These bottles are designed to hold water, so they can be reliably used to start your stockpile. These barrels are usually blue, (this is done as a safety thing that lets you know water is stored inside) and are made with heavy duty food grade plastic materials. These tanks are popular in rural areas of the country that don’t have access to public water utilities, but can be used pretty much anywhere that rain water runoff can be collected. If you can afford to install a roof catchment system, this is an excellent option for long-term survival retreats, and it can go a long way to solving a lot of your water problems. Heck, it’s even good for those who just want to add a little bit of water to their supplies at the last minute.
It’s always a good idea to know where you can obtain water during an emergency situation. Jump on Google Earth and try to find any large bodies of water that are within walking, and then driving distance of your home. While it will not remove chemicals, boiling water is probably the most effective way of killing viruses and pathogens. When you add to this the black side of the bottle helping to raise the temp of the water you get a nearly free process of water purification. Your pool, if kept within the ranges suggested is normally cleaner and more pure than your tap water.
With perfect specific gravity, nothing will remain in the water; as water is the only compound with that specific gravity. A pool is an open body of water and is no way a safe or clean as a closed water system in a community. I would just like to mention that often the supply of water entering the treatment facility is ten times worse than anything you will see in a swimming pool.
I had to do a college research paper on preventing illness in 3rd world countries and the biggest preventable killer of children is diahrea (causing dehydration) associated with waterborne bacteria and viruses. Iodine is very helpful in situations where mass water storage is not really an option or your group is on the move and able to find new water sources. When you buy bottled water it has an expiration date, NOT for the water but for the container.
According to news reports, the grid is down in your area and several water mains are broken. Three days of water should be enough to get you through the periods of water shut-off or contamination that can happen during natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, and ice storms.
For lots of people, finding space in their home or apartment to store enough water for two weeks is a stretch, so trying to find room for a month might not be in the cards (though with a bit of creativity, you’d be surprised how you can arrange things in your house to make room for large amounts of water and food storage). He knew the city water would be shutting off soon, and he wanted to store as much as he could before that happened. They’re made from sturdy food-grade plastic and have bungs at the top that can be sealed super tight in order to protect your water from contamination. Simply place a rain barrel at the bottom of your gutter pipe, and whenever it rains your barrel collects the water.
The reason given is that chemicals in the cement can cause a chemical reaction with the plastic storage container and possibly contaminate the water.
The WaterBob holds up to 100 gallons of water, is made with heavy duty food grade plastic, and will keep your water fresh and clean during a disaster.
There are a number of quality water filters on the market, but there are a couple that you might want to consider first. This little filter can handle over 13,000 gallons of water, and will filter all microorganisms larger than 0.2 microns. Most tap water taken from major cities will hold in an air tight container nearly indefinitely due to the amounts of clorine and other chemicals they put into it.


There are a number of chemicals in pool water that I wouldn’t want to put into my body. I discovered numerous ways that people were using with significant success to purify their water with almost no supplies. We took water from almost any source we could find, including rivers, lakes, incredibly small streams and the like, with no filtration what so ever.
So like others are saying, you might be safe to treat or at least filter the water before drinking. Conservative estimates are that it will take crews at least a week to get water service back on.
Even if space isn’t an issue, the upfront costs for long-term water storage can be prohibitively expensive.
Moreover, bottled water is highly portable, which comes in handy if you need to bug out. The downside is that when you think you need it, there might not be any water to fill it up. Rainwater harvesting is an eco and budget friendly way to create a long-term water storage reserve. Water cistern systems can hold  anywhere from 1,400 gallons to 12,000 gallons of water.
To get rid of that weird stored water taste, simply swish your water around your cup a few times before drinking. If you don’t have enough chlorine on hand, that means the water will become an algae and bacteria breeding ground in a short while. There are also a number of pools that are treated with salt which would be like drinking sea water. The easiest of course was letting the water sit out in a clear plastic container in the sun.
I would suggest storing water in a BPA free container and adding plain chlorine bleach (5 drops per gal.
If you live in a hot climate or have pregnant or nursing women in your group, you’ll want to store more water. While filling up a tub will give you 100 gallons of water, the problem is that it’s not very sanitary for a couple of reasons.
If you’re planning for end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it events, water cisterns are where it’s at. Not only will this disinfect EVERYTHING, if you add 8 drops per gallon of water it will work exactly like the purification tablets and kill all the little nasties that make you sick. I live in the desert southwest and we don’t generally have basements here so our garage is the obvious place to store the water. Stainless steel is another option, but you won’t be able to treat your stored water with chlorine, as it corrodes steel.
This is for water only!” The jugs are typically stackable, so they make for easy storage, even in the tightest of spaces.
You’ll need space where you can place a giant water tank and you’ll need to develop a system of pipes to deliver rainwater to the cistern. If the day comes that you have to crack open your water source and you’re worried about contamination, feel free to add chlorine. If you take proper precautions in sealing and storing your water so that bacteria or other contaminants don’t get into it, your water could theoretically stay good forever.
Remember, if it is warm, algea and every other bug grows in warm water, so chemical balance is critical.
You’ll want to treat the water before drinking it or use cistern water primarily for hygiene purposes.
You should  boil or chemically treat any pool water before drinking it just to be safe. If you do have a saltwater pool and would like to use the water, consider using it only for hygiene purposes. 50-60ml) lasted about 15 or so days for 8 people filling two 1000ml water bottles every couple of hours.
Second, water in your tub has no covering so it’s susceptible to all sorts of contamination.



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  2. 16.07.2014 at 12:20:13


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