Here we will deal with water storage for preppers as an integral part of a preparedness plan. Stored water must be pure, treated water to prevent microbial growth, and stored in food-grade containers.
There are several gallons of clean water in the water heater and piping within your home at all times. There are several possible contaminants that you need to consider when making a selection for emergency water: bacteria, protozoa, viruses and chemicals are all possible contaminants that make water unsafe to drink.
If the water source is not chlorinated, household bleach (5% sodium hypochlorite) should be added. Calcium Hypochlorite more commonly known as Pool Shock, is one of our preferred methods for water purification. Since some treatment equipment is easier to store than water, and you never know the nature of the disturbance that will necessitate the need for water, we recommend preparing for at least one treatment option in addition to storing water. Commercially packaged water can be stored for about 5 years; home filled stored water should be changed annually. Stored water must be pure and disinfected to prevent microbial growth, then stored in food-grade containers (water from the tap stores well). These are convenient, clean, you can pick the taste you prefer, and they are sealed for longer storage. You may close the inlet valve immediately after the water supply is disrupted and use the water in your water heater. This will not protect against contamination of the water supply but would be a good source of water for non-potable needs.
Since it is hard to determine whether you have cleaned out all of the bleach these are technically not suitable for potable water but may be used for sanitation needs.
There are several commercially available devices that use UV light to disinfect small containers of water. The effectiveness of UV light treatment will be significantly diminished the dirtier or cloudier the water is. Most people do not like the taste of boiled water and it takes a long time for the water temperature to reduce to consumable levels.
Also, feel free to download this excellent infographic on water storage basics for preppers.
Water storage and water purification are the most essential parts of any food storage plan. User can retrieve enough water from an average well in a few minutes in the morning for a days’ use for both family and garden. With 98% of the water flow passing through the hollow fiber membranes, it is a very fast flowing filter. The Squeeze filter is perfect for traveling abroad where tap and bottle water cannot be trusted. Simply follow the enclosed directions for use and affix to any bucket or pail to yield bacteria-free water in remote locations.
Designed to fit through any 28" doorway to become the best in-home water storage container. The 250 Gallon Super Tanker is by far the best option for storing large amounts of water at home.
Simple Pump™ is a hand water pump that works as a reliable backup right beside your existing submersible well pump. Simple Pump™ delivers up to 5 gallons per minute, and water comes out of your household spigot at normal pressure.

With such strong water flow, use Simple Pump™ as a primary water pump system for non-electrical wells too. Unmatched durability - designed to last at least 50 years, it could be the only manual water pump you'll ever buy! Frost proof - the self-priming pump keeps your water flowing even when the ground is frozen.
When you need a water pump for larger jobs, just convert your Simple Pump™ manual water pump into a motorized water pump.
If a natural disaster occurs, such as an earthquake, you should assume that the public water supply is no longer safe to drink and this may be your safest source of drinking water. Contaminated or suspect water can be treated at home during an emergency to make it safe for consumption. The higher the elevation, the longer you need boil the water to kill the same pathogens (as much as 12 minutes in the high mountains). Treating water instead of storing it will save space but relies on a water source and one may not be available.
Stored water will go flat but can be aerated prior to consumption by pouring it between two containers a few times.
Can be purchased new at emergency supply stores and sometimes used ones are available (such as from soda syrup). In this case the water should be filtered through a clean cloth and allowed to settle before UV treatment is applied.
Since much of the water is lost to evaporation, this is not a good option if water supply is limited. The gift of water for those who may not be as prepared would be a kind gesture in a time of need. You can also splice this filter directly in-line on your drink tube of your hydration bladder, attach a drink tube and drink directly from a water source or use it in a gravity feed system for group applications. This has the same footprint as the 250 gallon container, but it is only half as tall, storing half as much water. As a hand water pump, Simple Pump™ delivers up to 5 gallons per minute, and water comes out of your household spigot at normal pressure.
The Simple Pump was designed similar to a non-freeze hydrant and allows the upper column of water to bleed off to a depth below the frost line.
The pump assembly and its component parts are manufactured from lead-free materials and are Safe Drinking Water Act compliant.
The easy availability of clean drinking water right now often makes us complacent about our water storage. After securing the safety of your family members, please isolate your home from the public water system by turning of the main water valve to your home. Consider the size, weight (once filled with water), ease of use, rotation and portability of the container you select. Water should also be stored in areas that will not cause damage to the home if the containers leak.
You can also get five-gallon containers (typically in boxes or bags) at emergency supply stores.
Since power disruptions may accompany water emergencies, additional fuel storage should be considered for this treatment option. We created Freedom Preppers to share the knowledge of preparedness that has come with years of research and practice.
Water weighs about eight pounds per gallon and a four gallon container will come in at a little over 32 pounds.

My research has found that stored water should be rotated about every six months unless treated with something like Aquamira which is an affordable water treatment.
The storing of emergency drinking water in a 55 gallon barrel is a thing of the past and boiling your water as a means of water purification uses far too much fuel.
This water storage container was designed to fit through most doorways in your house and fit under an eight foot ceiling.
The 250 Gallon Super Tanker is a efficient, easy to use, water storage container that is great for in home use. Forcing the clean water back through the filter flushes out all of the contaminants and only takes a few seconds. However, you cannot assume that the current water infrastructure will be intact after a major disaster or other emergency. This will allow you to use this water even if the public water system has been contaminated. Granted, most sources that we have researched recommend one gallon per person per day should provide enough for sanitary and hydration needs in an emergency. Aesthetic components such as taste, odor, and hardness are not at all harmful to health, but they may be a consideration in the storage or treatment option you choose.
However, if water is still available but the safety and quality of the water is suspect, then treatment methods will be useful in making that water safe to drink. Sometimes a well written novel can help the non-prepper open their eyes to the importance of preparedness. As a motorized water pump, Simple Pump™ is tough enough to safely move contaminated water, highly impacted ground water, and water with other debris. If you don't have this information, contact a local well driller or practicing engineer to have the water depth confirmed by sounding or other measurement technique. This distinction is important because the static water level is the depth from which water is pumped irrespective of the depth that the pump is set.
You can put an end to all your water worries by buying a Sawyer Water Filter or Purifier. Water is delivered to your home through a series of buried pipes of various sizes and materials. Assume a boil order is in effect after an emergency until you hear from an official otherwise. Concrete easily changes temperatures and continues to give off moisture for years so you should place a small platform under the water container for air movement. We normally recommend, accommodating natural groundwater level decline, that Simple Pump™ be installed to a depth at least 27 feet below the static water level.
If these pipes are damaged, it could take from a few days up to a few weeks to get them repaired to deliver water to your home again. Also use to treat water when you travel in foreign countries or the water supply is questionable. Natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes may cause such damage, and pollute or disrupt public water supplies. It is wise to prepare now for such an event by storing appropriate amounts of water that will meet your water needs in an emergency.

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