On any ordinary day, you can walk into the kitchen or the bathroom and turn on the faucet without giving it a second thought. That is the world we live in right now. Here in the United States, we live with conveniences that the majority of the world has NEVER had. Running water in the home has only been around for 75 years or so. So while we might think that running water in the home is a given, there is a really strong possibility that this modern day staple could be taken away from us at a moment’s notice.
How does this happen? You could imagine the most horrible and cataclysmic events in the world. These are the events that we read about and stay up at night worrying over. It could be a huge asteroid hitting the earth, a widespread flood, a worldwide war, or even an EMP style attack that fries the electrical grid. Or it could be something as simple as a draught.
Water is a precious commodity that sustains life. While oil might be the lifeblood of the economy, water is life. Without water we wither away and die and it happens very quickly. Your body will start to react after only 12 hours without water. The effects will be miniscule but after 36 hours they become much more pronounced. Most research shows that after 3 full days without water most people will start to die. This is why we focus so much time and energy on the topic of water storage and water purification and filtration. It is important.
So when it comes to water and the ways that we store it, what are the best ways to store water long term? We have heard several times that old milk jugs are a bad idea and they are. It is also not a space friendly idea to try and store 1 gallon jugs or even 2 liter bottles. You could freeze them but in the end they are space killers. Let’s look at some of the better options for long-term water storage that can get you through a disaster.
- 55-Gallon Barrel
Many companies sell these barrels and they will work just fine. You need to make sure that you are using the barrels made with high grade, food-quality, plastic. These barrels are typically blue although some are green. The color helps block the UV rays of the sun and thus protects your water and your chlorine.
Barrels are great because they have the option to totally seal your container and yet you can always attach a pump to retrieve the water. However a downside to this option is that thee barrels are incredibly heavy when filled and take up a good bit of room.
- 275-Gallon Water Crates
These are very straightforward. These containers are typically opaque in color. They hold 275 gallons of water and the “container” itself is built from food quality plastic and is placed inside an aluminum frame. These containers are not overly expensive when you consider how much water they will actually hold.
The great thing about this option is that the units are stackable. They are roughly 4 feet wide, tall, and deep and they easily stack to conserve space. A few chlorine tablets in the water and you have a water stock that will last for quite a while.
This device is a little iffy in some people’s minds. The idea is that you have a strong bladder type rubber that will hold emergency water. You place the waterbob in your tub and fill it up. While this certainly isn’t going to buy you a lot of long-term water solutions, it will get you through a shorter disaster and at least provide some water to brush your teeth, wash dishes, and do other ordinary tasks.
- Water Brick
I love this option personally because it allows for water to be stored in smaller portions. These bricks come in 3.5 or 1.6-gallon form. The coolest aspect here is that they are made from a high quality plastic and they stack like Lego’s. They are capable of handling extreme temperatures ranging from -100 degrees F all the way to 165 degrees F. Even if your supplies are left in freezing temperatures, the bricks won’t burst.
As far as the chemicals that you will need to help keep your water safe, the best option is to invest in chlorine tablets, powder, bleach, or iodine. One of our family members has a serious iodine allergy so we avoid it all costs. However, Chlorine tablets are a great solution and we keep a huge bucket of them in our preps at all times.
What are some of your favorite options for long term water storage?