5 Ways to Store Water for Short Term Emergencies
5 Short Term Methods to Store Water
There are ways to prepare for and store water for short term emergencies. I have found five solutions to storing water that I wanted to share. I have purchased many of these and some I plan to purchase in the next month to bulk my water stores up.
In addition to these short term water supply suggestions, I would also recommend purchasing a filtration system for longer term water needs as well as a portable filtration system for your bug out bags. To learn the different methods of purifying water, click here.
Water Bricks - Made of rugged, high density polyethylene (HDPE) these containers hold up to 3.5 gallons of liquid. These unique water containers, unlike any other, can also hold food and other life essentials while adding value by cross stacking up to 4 feet for maximum efficient storage. I plan on buying these to bulk up our water supplies.
Survival Water Pouches – Think survival Capri Suns. These heavy duty packets are filled with 125 ml sachets of purified water. They are easy to dispense and have a shelf life of 5 years. We have these in our pantry to use in bug out situations.
2 Liter Soda Bottles – This is a preparedness measure you can do at home (and recycle at the same time). Thoroughly wash your soda bottles with a mixture of soapy water and a ensure all soap residue is washed out. Fill bottles with clean drinking water (tap water is fine to store) and screw cap on and secure. Note: It’s best to use only soda bottles for water storage. Milk protein and fruit sugars cannot be adequately removed from these containers and provide an environment for bacterial growth when water is stored in them.
55 gallon Plastic Drums – Made from FDA approved polyethylene resin (and BPA free), this plastic barrel has the capacity to hold enough water to supply a family of 4 over 13 days worth of water, or 2 people nearly a 30 day supply of water. The dark blue color of this 55 gallon barrel restricts light and helps control growth of harmful algae and bacteria.
Water BOB - The waterBOB® is a water containment system that holds up to 100 gallons of fresh drinking water in any standard bathtub in the event of an emergency. Constructed of heavy duty food grade plastic, the waterBOB® keeps water fresh and clean for drinking, cooking, washing and flushing. This water storage method should be used when a disaster is imminent and about to hit. I have 3 water BOBs stashed away in our emergency supply closet just in case!
Tips for Water Supplies:
We need water to survive – and our preps should reflect this important need. An aspect that I love the most about preppers is that we love to have back ups for our back ups. Having a short term water supply that you regularly rotate into your kitchen will ensure you have a fresh water source to turn to during a short lived emergency. As well, having filtration systems and portable water purification tools will ensure you can purify water for longer term purposes.
Store containers in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Because most plastic beverage containers degrade over time, store them away from heat and light to prevent leakage. Because hydrocarbon vapors can penetrate polyethylene plastics, store water in plastic containers away from gasoline, kerosene, pesticides, or similar substances.
To ensure you water supply is fresh, rotate your water supply regularly.
Inspect your water supply at least every six months to see whether the containers have leaks or if any of the above problems have occurred.
Don’t forget to have water stored for pets.
Look around for local water sources in your area that you can access for a back up water supply.
As much as I would love to say I am completely prepared, there are holes in my prep supplies and I am making a concerted effort to change that. I want to ensure that my family has enough water to thrive and utilizing some of these suggested preps can help me do just that.
Black Blade: Fortunately I have streams on my properties and wells. Still, I have a couple blue 55-gal water barrels just in case. Sucks to have no water for cooking and bathing. I rather not draw water from the creek in the dead of winter either. My water storage came in handy when the power went out for a few days during the last blizzard.
‘Chaos’ as West Virginia customers pack stores to buy water
Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators who had just started their session canceled the day's business after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston, even as the extent of the danger remained unclear.
The federal government joined the state early Friday in declaring a disaster and announced an investigation into the spill, while the West Virginia National Guard planned to distribute bottled drinking water to emergency services agencies in the nine affected counties.
Shortly after the Thursday spill from Freedom Industries hit the river and a nearby treatment plant, a licorice-like smell enveloped parts of the city, and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued an order to customers of West Virginia American Water: Do not drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes with tap water.
Freedom Industries says it doesn't know how much of a chemical spilled from its plant in Charleston into the Elk Rive, but that it's working to contain the leak and prevent further contamination.
Once word got out about the governor's declaration Thursday, customers stripped store shelves in many areas of items such as bottled water, paper cups and bowls. As many as 50 customers had lined up to buy water at a convenience store near the state Capitol in Charleston.
"It was chaos, that's what it was," cashier Danny Cardwell said.
Black Blade: People take for granted that their water supply will always be abundant and clean. When they are wrong hey stand in lines at stores with shelves stripped bare.