Emergency Water Storage Options

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emergency water storage
How much water does a family of four need?
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#3: Last minute water storage.
Your bathtub has the capacity to store 65-100 gallons of water.
In case a hurricane is imminent, you will want to fill the bathtub
with a supply of potable water, hopefully with a Waterbob.
Unfortunately, these are sold out because of a surge of

Other kinds of emergencies where this last-minute water storage
option is useful is immediately following an EMP (Electromagnetic
volcanic eruption, earthquake. After an earthquake
potable water may become contaminated, but immediately
following an event, the water is safe.

  • WaterBob. Made of FDA approved food grade materials and
    BPA-Free, a WaterBob, pictured above and right, is a last
    resort for securing water just before a hurricane or
    immediately following an earthquake. It holds 100 gallons of
    water! The WaterBob attaches to faucet, fills in minutes and
    includes pump to dispense water. The system keeps water
    fresh for up to 12 weeks.

  • Earthquake: While earthquakes come without warning,
    a WaterBob is essential for earthquakes because after
    a severe earthquake the power may be out for
    extended periods. Depending on the severity an
    earthquake could damage the power sources. Many
    people do not realize that water runs with the help of
    electricity. They forget that water, must be cleaned
    before we can drink it.

  • EMP: In the opening scene of Revolution, which is a
    television series of an EMP-like event, the patriarch of
    the family instructed the household to fill all the sinks
    and tubs with water to secure every last bit before the
    pumps would fail. Having a Waterbob is a more
    sanitary method of securing this water than by filling
    the dirty tubs.

  • AquaPod emergency water storage. Pictured below,
    AquaPod fits almost any tub and holds up to 65 gallons of
    water. AquaPodKit will keep Water fresh for up to 8 weeks,
    depending on humidity and temperature conditions. The
    Aqua Pod Kit Deluxe Emergency Water Storage Kit allows
    you to store a 14 day supply for a family of 4. Use it when a
    flood, water repairs or hurricane is predicted that could
    interrupt a safe water supply. Use the included pump to
    remove water as needed.
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Where to store your water:

  • Keep your water away from contaminants, including the
    cement. This means a garage is not always a good place.

  • Keep your water stored at room temperature.

  • Another good place to store water is in the attic for floods.
    The most important thing to know about water storage is
    that you should store your water away from gasoline, paint
    thinners and solvents, as well as where flood waters may
    flow. Your water will become contaminated if the containers
    mix with flood waters. Keep some water with you and fill the

Why choose a water container when you could have
bottled water?
Water bricks are sturdy and stackable and have a convenient
handle; however, they do require you carry a water preserver,
pictured right.

Water storage containers like these have several benefits and
conveniences over bottled water you buy at the store. Water brick
storage containers are:
  • more sturdy and stackable, which means less chance of
    water damage. (Improper stacking and storage of water
    bottles may cause you costly water damage.)
  • easier to carry because they have sturdy  and comfortable
  • have more reliable spigots. (Most jug waters offer no spigot
    to dispense the water).

A water container, like Aqua-tainer, pictured right will cost you
around $17 and will hold around 7 gallons. If you are on an
extreme budget; however, it's better to buy 17 bottles of one-
gallon jugs of
water at the dollar stores. Just make sure to select
the right brand of water, as
bottled water may have stuff in it
that you don't want to drink. Then again, the same is true of
water, which may contain fluoride, arsenic, lead and more.

Water storage is critical for long-term emergency planning,
including cisterns and tanks; barrels and water drums; jugs and
other containers.
Water storage is a critical component of prepping and yet rarely
discussed in prepper forums and Web sites.

Happy endings...
Water is life! Knowing that you can only live three days without
it, stockpiling enough water is among the most satisfying of your
prepping activities if not the most important. Even if you live in
an apartment, you can stockpile months of water if you are clever.

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Emergency water storage

How much water should you have for an emergency?
A family of four needs 270 gallons of water for a three month
supply, according to Utah State University. That's entirely too
many bottles of water to have in storage, which is why you need
to look at all your options for emergency water storage.

Having several weeks of bottled water on hand is always a good
idea, but you've got to remember to rotate it every six months
(and you need to be aware of
bottled water dangers.) What's
more, not many families have space for 270 one-gallon water
bottles. The good news is that you have some options...

Emergency Water Storage Options
Preppers have many options to store water:

#1: Large Water Tanks:
Preppers have many options when it comes to water storage and
it can be confusing. Price and space are two major components.
Not everyone has room for a
260-gallon water tank, and yet it's
critical that a family of four stores that much water.

Many families find the large water tanks too pricey, but
ultimately water is life and you can't put a price on tha
On the high end of emergency water storage are the tanks
available to preppers

  • 55 gallon tank. A 55-gallon tank is good start for a family
    water storage plan. You'll need five of them to meet the
    water storage needs of a family of four.

  • 260 gallon tank (Surewater). If you can afford it, a 260
    gallon tank is among the highest quality of preps you can
    provide your family or group to survive. SureWater is such a
    water storage tank. This water tank is equal to five 55-
    gallon barrels! As you can see from the size comparison with
    a human being, pictured right, you can fit this into a closet.

  • 320 Gallon tank capacity (Water Prepared). Pictured right
    is a set of water tanks from Water Prepared. The set of two
    160 gallon emergency water storage tanks are BPA free,
    stackable, and connectible. These heavy duty storage tanks
    can be stacked and connected together in a series for
    convenient, high capacity storage. Each order comes with a
    free 330 gallon water storage treatment kit. Made from
    specially blended UV resistant plastic It's the perfect
    solution for your high capacity home emergency water supply!

  • the tanks come with multiple spigots and connectors for
    easy stacking, connecting and accessing your water. Each
    tank has two standard garden spigots, and fits through
    standard doorways and are easy to stack and install.

  • Cisterns. Cistern is literally the Greek word meaning "box."
    Generally a cistern is a large tank for storing water that's
    usually associated with supplying tap water or as part of a
    flushing toilet for off-grid homes. Cisterns may also
    sometimes catch and store rainwater. What makes a cistern
    used for rainwater different from a well is the waterproof

  • Right is an excellent reference guide on tanks and cisterns.
    This do-it-yourself guide on Water Storage is an invaluable
    resource for designing, building, and maintaining water
    tanks, cisterns, as well as sustainable managing
    groundwater storage. It will assist you with handling your
    independent water system, fire protection setup, and
    disaster preparedness plan, while keeping costs low and
    incorporating ecologically sound designs. It also includes
    building instructions for several styles of ferro-cement water

#2: Flexible Water Containers.
Flexible water containers on the market include the stackable
water storage system, right, by Saratoga Farms.

  • Saratoga Farms Stackable Water Storage: With the flat
    bottoms and tops, the Saratoga Farms water containers can
    nestle together for easy stacking. This saves you space and
    is more convenient than other containers because instead of
    trying to move around a large container, you can easily pick
    up a 5-gallon container and use it when you need it.

  • Water Bricks. Water bricks, pictured below, have the
    advantage of being very sturdy. They are versatile too: you
    can transform the bricks into hidden furniture or stuff them
    with rice and beans. The horizontal stacking design makes
    them more versatile than other water storage containers on
    the market. You can hide your water more easily!
  • Aqua-tainer. Aqua-tainer, right, is a rigid, 7-gallon
    rectangular design, this water container with molded contour
    grip is a space-saver. Stacks and stores easily! Each 5-gallon
    bag is thick, durable, hard to pierce and stored in stackable,
    heavy-duty boxes.

  • Water Boxes. Conveniently store long-term potable water in
    5-gallon BPA-free water boxes from Legacy Foods. Think of
    this water storage system as a wine box! Inside the box is a
    BPA-free, thick, puncture resistant bladder with a spigot.  
    Yes it's a cardboard box, but it comes with AquaMira water
    treatment tablets! Water treated with AquaMira is drinkable
    for 5 years. You can stack these water boxes, but
    realistically you won't want to stack them more than two at
    a time or you may risk water leakage from weight and
    collapse. Protect your family with a boxed emergency supply
    of long-term storage water that does not contain harmful
    chemicals. AquaMira water supply treatment tablets purify
    water and actually improve the taste. Chlorine Dioxide
    tablets will not discolor storage water or create harmful
    byproducts like bleach will. Each box weighs 40-lbs once
    filled with water.
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