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Storing Water Long-Term, The Right Way

Perhaps the only thing more important than food in a long-term emergency is water.  Even the food you do have probably needs water to be cooked and eaten – especially dried beans and grains. Seriously, have you ever tried to bite into a dried bean? What is even more concerning is that water can be “bad” without anyone ever knowing it until it is too late. Crystal clear water can have dangerous bacteria growing in it, chemical run-off, high levels of lead, mercury, or even arsenic!

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. Just as critical as knowing how to store water, is knowing how not to store water.

What NOT to Use

  • Non-food-grade plastic. While some people would say that all plastic is questionable, for long term storage, certainly non-food-grade plastic is definitely out. 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.
  • Food grade plastic which has previously stored things other than food. 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. 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.
  • Food grade plastic which previously stored fruit, juice, syrup, or milk. Right about now, you are probably thinking – I know, I can use old milk jugs and juice bottles! Yes, they are plastic. Yes, they are food grade. 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.
  • Any kind of cardboard. These easily break, soak up unwanted materials, or leak.
  • Anything else contaminated. 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! 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.

How Much to Store

water-bottlesHow much water you need will largely depend on a variety of factors:

  • How many people are in your family
  • The presence of water locally
  • Average rainfall for your area
  • If you have pets or other animals you will need to care for
  • Whether or not any family members have special medical conditions
  • How much activity you will be doing
  • The temperature of your environment

Store at least one gallon of water, per person, per day. Consider this an absolute base-line though, as many of the above considerations could up your family water needs considerably. 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.

Storage Options

Even if you are not sure how much you will eventually need, it is best to start somewhere and store what you can. 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).

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Beyond that, you can start a more aggressive plan to provide clean water to your family in the event of an emergency.

  • Plastic. As noted above, there are many plastics you should not even consider. That being said, there is growing research that plastics in general are less than ideal – especially those that contain the chemical BPA, or phthalates. Reducing our use of plastic across the board is a good idea. However, the reason that plastics have become so ubiquitous is that they have some unique properties and advantages. They are lighter than glass, less likely to break, and are easy to produce. If you do decide to go the plastic route, make sure that you are using clean, food-grade plastic, and follow appropriate rotation procedures as enumerated below. And just like the bottled water, make sure to store in a climate-controlled environment without direct sun exposure. If you can afford it, your best bet is to purchase plastic tanks specifically designed for water storage. 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. Store containers away from any fuels or chemicals as the vapors from these items can penetrate plastic over time.
  • Hands cupping fresh waterGlass. Glass is easy to come by, easy to sterilize, and does not pose the same risk of leeching chemicals into the water. This is if you are using food-grade glass of course. Lead crystal glass can leach lead into the water over time. The downsides to glass are that it is heavy, breaks easily, and needs to be protected from light. In a pinch though, it can be a good way to start stocking up on water. If you have limited storage space, it also has the advantage of being able to be stored near gasoline, etc. since it is impermeable. Boil the glass jars in water for 20 minutes or more and dry completely before use. Ideally, cushion the jars by wrapping in foam, paper, or even just putting them in a cardboard box, to reduce the likelihood of breakage.
  • Stainless Steel. An alternative to glass or plastic is stainless steel. It is impermeable and does not contain harmful chemicals like glass, but is more light-weight. Since it is opaque, rather than transparent like glass, you also need to be less concerned about storing it away from any light source. It is also easy to sterilize, and does not break easily. 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. You can solve this problem by looking for steel drums that are lined with a protective coating. Of course, always make sure that your stainless steel containers are food grade.

Rotating Water Supplies

How often you need to rotate your water supplies will depend largely on how well you are able to store them. 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.

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.

Ideally, do not use the water you are rotating out for drinking 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. Instead, use this water as “gray” water for watering plants, washing and cleaning, or even filling up the kiddie pool in the summer.

Long Term Solutions

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. 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. You will be glad you did!

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  1. I am surprised at the number of water articles that don’t discuss water filters you can buy. There are several out there that cater to various needs. 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.. 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. The only exception that I can see for this would be if you lived in an extremely dry climate. Perhaps Im not considering some factors? But it seems a rather simple solution to me.

    • Good morning hope all of you are staying safe with this terrible weather. I was informed about the
      Berkey from a friend who has one, we checked it out (a little expensive) but can take care of all types of
      water you may find. We bought one & use it all the time in the house. We camp & have the usual house-
      hold filter on the motor home, the Brita, & a filter on the faucet. You can’t be too safe with the water for you
      never know what may be put into it. Keep safe.
      God bless

    • Missionary in Guate

      Hi, We work with water in developing countries where contamination is always a problem, we have used bio sand filters for years but are now also using Sawyer filters ( in some applications. They are not as expensive as a Berkly and some of the others on the market. We have been pleased with the results and keep them in supply in case of emergencies.

    • How long do filters last? Do they need replaced periodically? If you buy them how will they get to you if shipping is interrupted? Will the manufacturing plant making the filters still be operational in a crisis situation? Will you actually be able to buy them? If you depend on a filtration system for your water, make sure it’ll work for you long term in the event of a crisis. Boiling water is not clean drinkable water, you need to know how to distill it. You people are going to kill yourselves.

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    • OK. Think about the future. Some terrorist group has taken out our grids. Everyone rushes to all the stores for everything they need and empties them out. The warehouses replenish until they are empty. There is no gas because there is no electricity to pump it. And you’re set up to BUY purification for the water that will save your life. It takes 18 months to rebuild just one grid. What will you do?

    • I am more surprise that no one talks about the plastic caps on the steel bottles???

  2. I noticed you didn’t mention Prill beads, they are great for keep water clean and bacteria free. 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.. 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. LOL.

    • Do you know a place to buy the beads. I’ve never heard of them.

    • Don’t mean to be rude, but PRILL BEADS ARE A SCAM…. Just want people not to be fooled by all the false claims out there, and these beads are one of them. There is absolutely no scientific proof that they do anything other than the Magnesium Oxide they’re made of, increases alkaline of the water – that’s it…. and not much at that. These things are being hawked as some crazy fountain of youth with “life force” – whatever the hell that is! Then they have said used as bath water, when drained, the waste water will clean up whatever water its drained into… Really?!!! These things also did not clean up Lake Mead, as the hawker pitches…. nor did they change the lake from green to blue – it was never green to begin with!

      I just hate to see people duped… and these are one product that does exactly that. Go to the mfg’s website – where you will not find ANY INFO that supports the supposed claims by others selling them as a miracle….

  3. I agree with dontfencemein. 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. The southwest is an exception though. If you were hard up for storage space it may be a good idea to research the possiblity of an underground system in your yard. This would also help keep it from being taken in an apocalypical setting of civil unrest.

  4. i have read that if you use stabilized oxygen you can store water in a food gradeable container for 5 years before rotating. they useually come in a 2.3ounce bottle for about 10-15 dollars and treats about 110 gallons. another product is called water stabilizer which is very similar and costs about the same.

  5. Leech is a bloodsucking worm. The verb means “to bleed with leeches”.
    I believe you mean “leach”, which is to remove soluble or other constituents by the action of a percolating liquid.
    Tsk, tsk!

  6. I have read your article on the plastic, but don’t know if what I have accumulated falls in those categories, I
    have been given from church, the containers (that are a good quality of white plastic heavy) that have had
    the oil for the candles that go on the alter at church. We have been planning on using them for water for
    drinking, can they? I don’t know where to go to check them out. If not for drinking then possibly for dish-
    washing, clothes, toilet, etc. Any help will be greatly appreciated, I have others in the church saving them
    also so will need to inform them of their safety or not.

    God bless what you are doing

    • Unless you’re willing to drink that oil, I would not use those bottles. The plastic is
      probably NOT food grade either, but in a survival situation, I’m sure that any container
      will be used as needed. I’ve heard of others using empty plastic soda pop bottles
      for storage. A source for large blue food grade plastic barrels is a local brew-pub. I
      recently got a couple 55gal barrels free from just that source. I’ll be using them outdoors
      for rain-water harvesting even though I’m told that is ‘illegal’ here in Colorado. Screw them!
      That rain fell on MY roof, and will go into the ground no more than 40 ft from the downspout
      that it came through. “They” will get their water in due time.

    • If you want your water to taste like oil and if you don’t mind the toxins the containers will impart, use them! Otherwise, find something else. You don’t want to make yourself sick during a crisis just to save money or to recycle the containers. Use them for something else.

  7. I’ve read that Colloidal silver, using a teaspoon to gallon will kill all and any bacteria!
    It’s good to have on hand for cuts, ear infections, burns etc.
    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!! Infection finished!! It’s been years since I’ve used antibiotics in my ears!!

    • Hi Eddie,
      I’ve heard of using colloidal silver for various ailments. But I’ve also been told that it is not safe….I want to buy some…just in case, but the safety factor scares me too…

    • COLLOIDAL SILVER is yet, another snake oil sales pitch and is actually NOT A GOOD IDEA…. I hate being the bearer of bad news, but if I can possibly help someone from unintentionally doing harm to themselves or others, well…

      The FDA does not lawfully authorize the use of Colloidal Silver in ANY prescription OR over the counter products at all, and it is actually illegal to use in such a manner nit only in the US, but several other Countries as well – despite the overwhelming amount of products being offered online. They have actually served legal warnings to cease marketing & sales to more companies than you can count on both hands (and feet!). SEE BELOW

      •The risk to consumers of silver toxicity outweighs the value of trying an unsubstantiated treatment, and bacterial resistance to silver can occur
      •Efforts should be made to curb the illegal availability of colloidal silver products, which is a significant public health issue
      •Colloidal silver can cause serious side effects. The most common is Argyria, a bluish-gray discoloration of the skin, which is usually permanent.
      ◾Colloidal silver can also cause poor absorption of some drugs, such as certain antibiotics and thyroxine (used to treat thyroid deficiency).
      ◾The FDA also warned in 1999 that colloidal silver isn’t safe or effective for treating any disease or condition.
      ◾The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission have taken action against a number of companies for making misleading claims about colloidal silver products.

  8. What I have is a couple of cases of bottled water on hand AND a small “field serviceable” water filter. I am talking about the backpacking variety, which can treat about a 1/2 gallon per minute. These are available where ever backpacking supplies are sold and cost about $60. I still need to buy a “pen type” sterilizer and a large Berky. What I am not going to do is store a large quantity of bottled water. I live where it is very wet and we have a lot of creeks near my house. I can also shut off the water main and filter the water in my 75 gallon hot water tank if need be.

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  10. I don’t store any water at all. I have 6 army canteens for move out and that is it. I have built a 3,000 watt portable power plant. This plant produces enough electricity to run my two 75 pint water generators (basement dehydrators). Worst case (30% humidity) both generators will product three gallons in a 24 hours period. Best case (70% humidity) 9.125 gallons in a 24 hour period. The water I produce, I run through a Berkey. In a nut shell I produce my water out of thin air.

  11. Is there anything wrong with this method of storing water?

    I store water in empty two liter soda pop bottles. I put about a teaspoon of lemon juice in them and fill them from my filtered tap water. I then freeze them and use them as a ice bank in my large chest freezer. I filled the bottles and put them standing up, on the bottom of the freezer with the frozen food on top of them. 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. They are also portable in case we have to leave the house. A Berkey Gravity Water Filter is also good to have on hand and as well the Water Bob made of food grade plastic can be placed in a bathtub and will safely store 100 gallons of filtered water from the filter.

    Take care to not fill the bottles completely and expell air leaving a void in the container. That way the freezing the water will not split the container.

    • I’m glad you mentioned using the 2 liter bottles. 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. Our city water is hard and has a slight “tint” to it, not to mention the odd taste at times, so when we store the water in the pop bottles, I add a couple of drops of food-grade peroxide. After an hour or so, the water turns clear and has a mildly sweet taste. The peroxide is available in health food stores and is very cheap. A pint will last for several years.

      • LOL. You dead yet? Pepsi Max junkies, wow. Not much into health eh? Drinking that crap you’ll be dead soon enough you won’t have to worry. Why don’t you just buy a flat of soda?


      • Beth.

        Thank you as I use Mtn. Dew and diet Dew. I need to find good grade peroxide as I never heard of food grade.

        Thank you

  12. Question to Goldham45: What is a WaterBob, and where would I get them?

  13. Hi Joe,
    I am very interested in the 3,000 watt portable power plant that you built.and your water generators. I have a small solar panel(1800 watts) but it was very expensive and doesn’t produce enough power. Would you be willing to share a list of the materials needed & directions on how to build it? Also,are your water generators really basement dehydrators? What make and model are they? I greatly appreciate any help in this matter.
    Thank-you from one prepper to another.

  14. For about $500, I bought a 250 gallon black plastic water tank and a 12 VDC RV pump and accumulator. I then modified my kitchen sink by adding a valve to isolate the sink cold water from the house supply. I also added plumbing and another valve to connect the tank supply to the sink cold water supply. I used RV grade water hose and PVC pipe for the rest of the plumbing. 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). 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.

    • Sounds like a lot of time and money but great forethought. 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. I recently bought a 500 gal potable verticle water tank from National Tank Outlet for $275. shipping was another $155. I.m using it in my backyard to drip irrigate my garden. I have a reliable drinking water source that does not require anything but turning on the valve and filling a container as I need it. It is working so well that I will be getting a couple more.

      I live in the desert which only has a rainfall average of 4.5 inches a year. I still have a rain catchment system that is simply using a strong plastic tarp that is tied up high enough off the ground that it drains into a rainbarrel by putting a small weight in the middle with a hole punched in the middle to drain into the barrel.
      I put it up only with a forecast of rain with the tarp tie points on a fence and trees. Same principal when I went through in Jungle Evasion Survival Training by using my poncho. A 10 ft by 10ft tarp will give you up to 60 gals of water with 1 inch of rain fall. Use a bigger tarp for more water. Tarp, rope and barrell (a clean trash can will even work for temp storage) are cheaply bought at your local WalMart etc. Much cheaper than using your roof as a water catchment surface that produces contaminated water (even with a first flush system)

      Sorry so long but emergency water is the first priority but is always given a back seat to food storage (also important). A solution to safe water is cheaper than food storage and more important.

    • Check to see if your pool shock treat contains cyanuric acid. I’ve been told you do not want to ingest too much of this. 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. 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). A clean transfer is required to the test bottle or you will probably have bad test results. I’ll also plan to filter the stored water through a kitchen type gallon filter before ingesting.

  15. The water-bob sounds like a great idea. However if you can, check the foundation & support under
    the tub first. 100 gallons of water weighs about 835 pounds. (If you live in the appartment above me I
    really do hope you check).

  16. We live on a small farm with a well and cistern. 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. Should power fail, the well check will hold what we have. It can be valved and vented to drain for use. As a refinement- I just thought of this- one might consider a spring check at the tank as a backup for the well pump check.

  17. I get so depressed when I read about all this because my husband and I are seniors who live in a tri-level townhome with no yard whatsoever. and we have very little storage space. He had a massive stroke a few years ago, paralyzed and in a wheelchair with loss of speech. So whatever needs to be done, I have to do it. (not complaining!) Not sure where or how to begin. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • Perhaps you could find some younger, more agile people in your area or from your church that are of similar mindset and would be willing and able to help you and your husband. Although I am attempting to prepare for my family of six (four mentally retarded relatives for whom I am caring included in this six) I will rely on others who live nearby (rural area) in their respective areas of expertise.

    • There are others out there that would like to help some that can’t help themselves. Maybe you can volunteer your babysitting or food prep for those with the ability?

      • Shane, Although normally suggesting someone volunteer to babysit for exchange of other services would be a great idea, if Sonflower is already taking care of her husband at home this would almost be impossible. The amount of work, mentally and physically, that goes with caring for an adult who cannot take care of himself is exhausting especially for a senior citizen. (I have watched my dad do it.)

        Sonflower, my heart goes out to you. Read some of the other articles about starting out slowly. In your case you might want to start prepping for one or 2 weeks. Once you have that done add another week and so on.

        I have had to do this myself as I have to prep for 5 adults, 3 children and another baby on the way living in my home. Looking at even doing that for 6 months is too overwhelming so I have scaled it back to 3 months to start. The amount of water we would need is staggering and I don’t know how I will ever have enough even just for 3 months.

        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.

  18. I am brand new to learning about preparation and so I was VERY glad to read this article as well as all of your comments. We have been purchasing gallons of water lately and just didn’t know how many to to buy and how to deal with transporting them if need be.

    My husband and I were very glad to learn about the Berkey, which we had never heard about before reading your comments here. We just purchased one this evening and are glad to now have something that is collapsible and can purify many different types of water.

    Now we just have to figure out this food preparation stuff…. THAT seems to be the difficult stuff !!

  19. I’m a little anal(okay, a lot) about having water. We are on a well and have two generators that will handle the well.
    A toy hauler that holds 110 gals. of fresh water.
    And I keep 40 gals. in water jugs at all times.
    My question would be,we just bought a 550 gal. water tank that has been filled and set up with a battery and 12 volt pump,tied into the house line and works fine,how to keep this much water safe to drink in the az. desert(it is a black potable water tank)?
    Everything I check out as far as bleach is in teaspoons,not happening here.

    • I posted a similar system awhile ago. I have been using pool shock powder to maintain the chlorine level at 0.5 ppm. A black tank will not allow algae to grow but I do think some kind of purifying chemical would be needed. I haven’t received any feedback on that. I did find this on the website listed below:

      “The small amount of chlorine added to disinfect drinking water in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations is safe for consumption. According to EPA, allowable chlorine levels in drinking water (up to 4 parts per million) pose “no known or expected health risk [including] an adequate margin of safety” while providing for “control of pathogens under a variety of conditions.”’

    • How about Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide?

  20. If you have a basement, and a sump pump, your worries are 75% over. I live in the great, white (snow on the ground 4-5 months of the year) north and if you have such a contraption, you are ahead of the game. I went to Harbor Freight and bought a manual pump (an old fashioned farm hand pump), went to the local hardware store and purchased the necessary plumbing fittings to draw water out of the sump. Next I built a stand to fasten the pump to, and installed the pvc piping into the sump. I have the output hooked up to s pvc pipe that runs the water outside of the basement. if I need the water, I turn a valve and the water will pout into a series of 55 gallon drum for water storage. Now, if I lose power, my basement will not flood, and I know have a reliable water source for 9 months out of thje ear. Late December through end of February my sump pump seldom runs becuase the ground is frozen solid and water will not travel through the ground into the water table..

  21. I have two wells on my property. I put the second in for better water and the existing for back up. The existing is about 50 feet deep and the second about 240 feet deep and very good water. I don’t use the existing, not even power to it. I thought a hand pump on it would be a good idea but for a 50 foot well the prices I am seeing is about $600.00. Anybody know where to find a cheaper one? Like most of this Country I do not have much money. Thanks for any help.

  22. I want to buy a water filter/purifier. My 2 sons told me they are all a waste of money. They claim they are all useless after 5 years whether you use them or not. They said that all you need is some cloth to filter the garbage out and boil the water…they said the claim by sawyer filters for a million gallons is totally a sales pitch and won’t work. Anyone used the Sawyer filters long enough to know if they are worth the money?

    • Judy, Please tell your sons to educate themselves about the use of true purifiers. I use Berkey systems ( but there are others. Purifiers also require cleaning of the filters and some require replacement of filters after some number of gallons.

      Boiling water is an effective method for destroying bacteria and other pathogens. If the water is turbid, filter it through a clean cloth, or coffee filter to remove particulate matter before boiling as that will improve its appearance.

      Boiling will not provide any safeguard against other things such as heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals etc that may contaminate a water supply. It may remove chemicals which have a lower boiling point than water but what about the others? Neither does it remove turbidity, foul tastes and odors.

      In short, boiling water does not purify your water. It is certainly effective at eliminating the target pathogens but will not be effective against other contaminants – you really need a decent water purifier for that. However, drinking boiled water is certainly better than dehydration.

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  23. We have an above ground pool and we plan to keep it full of water, an useable, as long as we can. We can bucket water in for the toilet and then boil any water we drink. We’ll filter our water before it goes into 55 gallon drums that came from a local hospital. They had bleach and soap in them. We power washed them,used Dawn det.and then flushed them with baking soda and a complete rinse. Once filled with rain water or water from the hose pipe, we put some bleach in the barrels to keep them as clean as possible. We bought water packets from Emergency essential with a 5-year shelf life. Recently we found blueprints for a Rabbit water purifier. It has claims that it has been tested by the Ministry of Health and meets World Health Organization guideline for clean drinking water. Still plan to boil the heck out of the water as our final defense. From our family to yours Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year . We’re still trying to be prepared for what the politicians and the year 2012 brings America. Take care of your selves. Southern Patriot

  24. I’m thinking about getting four 55 gallon water barrels for long term storage. The issue is, I can store two of them in my garage and the other two in a shed. I live in OH and we have winters where it routinely gets to <32 deg. F.

    I've read that if you leave enough head room for the water to freeze and leave the bung hole slightly loose for air to escape, it will be okay and not burst the barrel.

    My question is, if the bung hole is allowing air to exchange, can stuff get inside and "grow?"

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  35. May I suggest canning water. I have seen posts where whenever someone has a batch of things to can they will take a few jars of water and can them in mason jars with new lids and it can be good for up to a year. You can rotate them out.

  36. 1. If water is already purified, why rotate it?

    2. Should the metallic caps on glass containers be used or thrown away?

  37. We have 50 gallon plastic tanks in the basement, and need to replace the water. A sump pump is not feasible. How do I get the water out with out needing Popeye?

    • You can go to your local hardware store and buy a hand pump made for this. They also offer one that fits on you drill and 2 lengths of hose pipe. I work for a hardware store/building supply and we have both.

  38. So how long do you think the jugs of watee from SAMS CLUB would be safe to store ? They are the jugs with the spigot built into them. They are plastic n come 2 in a cardboard box. ..

  39. I’m fairly new to this and am working on water storage. It’s very overwhelming to me. I started with some store-bought plastic bottles for drinking, and I’ve been washing used gallon jugs and soda bottles to use for cleaning and cooking. Is this ok? I was hoping that boiling would get rid of anything bad in there but now I’m not so sure. Especially with the plastic I worry about toxins as well. I’m not looking for anything elaborate right now, maybe a filter in the future, but does anyone have any relatively inexpensive ways to store large amounts of water? All the nicer storage containers I see are out of my price range and I’m told it’s possible to prep on a budget.

  40. Thanks for the advice about storing water for extended periods of time. My husband and I are working on getting our home prepared for any type of disaster, so this is one of our main concerns. Out of all the materials you mentioned, I think that stainless steel sounds like the most durable option. We want to install an in-ground water tanks, so durability is the most important factor.

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  42. That’s a quick way to store water for a long term and infact it will help people when ever they need water urgently in any emergency.

  43. Does anyone have any ideas on storing water in containers in the ground? I live in Florida (all sugar sand & water when it rains) so any metal would rust & be useless after a few years, plastic containers the water goes rancid after a period of time, I read about canning water, what about dipping the caps in wax after they are sealed & cooled? I am very concerned about looters if something happens to the power grid, I am handicapped & live over 10 miles from the closest town. I need a simple way to store water & food I just learned about Pemmican and how to make it, in which I plan to make some and put it in bags that suck all the air out of them, & I know I can do the jerky, I still have to learn how to smoke ham & keep them safe, I remember grandpa did all this on the farm when I was very little I remember the big smoke house he had & I know he smoked the meat in there, the food cooked in these metal smokers do not taste the same (heck meat doesn’t taste like it did back then when they didn’t use all the antibiotics & stuff they feed to the animals), I was told food grade hydrogen peroxide is good (available at health food stores about $45.00 for 32 oz in Fl) but is it really good for you? I am just starting out and I need help with this. Please help a first timer get started. Thank you.

  44. You stated that how often you need to rotate your water supplies will depend largely on how well you are able to store them. Recently our area had a string of emergency situations and someone suggested having a bulk potable water supply. Do most people use this type of system for storing water? It appears that setting up a water supply system could be very valuable for the future.

  45. Water does not expire. It does not have any chemicals to mix with. It is basically inert. And even if you had to leave the water in vacuum for billion years, it would be still good to drink.

  46. That’s a good tip to use water tanks that only contained water or nothing in the past. Chemicals can soak into plastic. When you need emergency water it’s important that it’s not contaminated.

  47. My parents are creating a food storage to prepare for a potential emergency. They have been looking at different things they should set aside. I didn’t realize storing water in a stainless steel container can help reduce the amount of chemicals in the water. I’ll let my parents know about this information.

  48. I wish you had dated this article. Looks like it is from 2011 or earlier.

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