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How And Where To Store Water

November 8, 2010 by  

How And Where To Store Water

What would you do if your water supply became contaminated? Natural disasters can interrupt the flow of clean water. Following a disaster, some people may not have access to food and water for days or weeks. You can live for days without food, but you must have water or you will dehydrate. Whenever there is a crisis, water is the first thing to go.

Amount Of Water To Store
Each person in your family will need a 72-hour emergency supply of water. This is approximately one gallon per person per day, or three gallons, plus an additional three gallons for washing, cooking, sponge bathing, laundry, dishes etc.

I recommend a three-month supply of water if possible. This is approximately 90 gallons per person for drinking and 90 gallons for extra cooking and washing. Children, nursing mothers and sick people may need more. Store a little extra for them. There are several ways to store this much water.

Containers
Many types of containers can be used for water storage. My favorite way to store water is in heavy plastic or glass containers.

Make sure all containers used for water storage are food grade with a high quality PET rating and have never previously held chemicals or poisons. All containers need to be cleaned thoroughly because whatever was in the container will leach into the water and make it taste bad. Bottled juices or soda etc… should be rinsed thoroughly.

All stored water needs to be checked occasionally for cloudiness and leakage. If the water looks or tastes bad then change it. If you have any questions about the purity of the water, then purify or boil it before using. If the water tastes flat, you can pour it back and forth between containers to aerate it or whip it to introduce more oxygen into the water.

Heavy Glass Or Plastic: Glass canning jars, glass containers and two liter soda bottles work the best. Gatorade, apple juice or cranberry juice bottles are great also. I save every heavy plastic jug that comes into my house and I store them in my basement as well as the garage. I fill them with water to about one inch from the top to allow for expansion in case the bottles freeze. I seal them with tight-fitting lids.

Bleach Bottles: Plastic bleach bottles can be used by filling the bottle with water and sealing it with a tight fitting lid. It is recommended that you do not drink the water stored in bleach bottles. You can use the water for cleaning or washing hands. Label it with a black marker. Keep these away from children so they don’t accidentally confuse the real bleach with water and drink it. Bleach will dissipate after a certain amount of time if the lid is taken off the container and it is left exposed to the air.

Bottled Water: Bottled water can be purchased in grocery stores. They come in boxes and can be stacked. You can purchase larger quantities at discount prices.

Tap Water: Tap water that comes from a municipal water system contains enough chlorine to be safe for long term water storage. Just fill your containers with tap water and store then away from sunlight, preferably in a cool dark place like a basement or garage.

Polyethylene Barrels: Commercial water storage barrels are available and they come in several sizes. To store a large amount of water, 55 gallon drums made from plastic polyethylene can be obtained at most food storage companies. If you use a 55 gallon drum, and fill it with water, it will be so heavy that it cannot be moved, so it will need a permanent location. You will also need a pump or spigot to get the water into smaller containers.

There are smaller drums that hold five to six gallons of water. They weigh about 40 pounds and need a pump also. These are nice because they can be moved more easily that the 55 gallon drums.

Glass Containers: Water can be stored in quart size jars sealed by the water bath canning method. Fill the jars with water leaving a head space of about one inch, then tighten the lid and ring onto the jar. Boil the jars in a water bath or use a steamer canner. Store the jars with cardboard in between so they don’t break. If you are using a boiling water bath be sure to put a wire rack on the bottom of the kettle so the jars do not touch the bottom and break. Pint jars require 20 minutes boiling time, quart jars require 25 minutes. You can also pour boiling water into a canning jar and seal it with a lid and ring that has been boiled in water. Let it set on the counter until it cools off and it will automatically seal itself.

Assorted Water Storage Tanks250 gallon super tanker: This large cylinder shaped water tank is ideal for tucking away in a corner of a garage or room. You will feel safer with having a larger quantity of clean safe water to use. This 250-gallon or 125-gallon water tanker is shaped to easily fit through doors or set on the floor of your garage. With two locations for nozzles and being set up to be gravity fed, there is no need to worry about pumps. The larger tanker is equipped for 250 days of water storage (based on one gallon per person per day).This super tanker is sold on my website www.peggylayton.com and is shipped from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Milk Jugs: Milk jugs are not good containers to store water in. After about six months they start to biodegrade, collapse and leak. Even the 1 gallon blue containers that you can fill up at grocery stores don’t last for very long. They are not heavy duty enough. You will have a big mess. I’ve tried this method and I don’t like it.

Where To Store The Water Supply
Store your water supply in several locations so you can get to it easily. I like to store most of my water in smaller containers because it’s much easier to carry around. Just recently, we had an opportunity to use our stored water. A main line up the road from our house broke and the water was shut off for most of the day. We put two-liter bottles of water in every bathroom for brushing teeth and washing hands. We put several in the kitchen for cooking and cleaning. The towns’ people were calling each other to warn everyone about this problem. As my friends all called me, I was happy to report that I had plenty of water stored and our family would be fine.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of storing clean water for emergencies. If you use contaminated water for drinking or cooking, it can cause many different symptoms like stomach aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and even death. Life threatening illnesses include hepatitis, cholera, amebic dysentery, viral infections and typhoid fever. It’s much better to take precautions and disinfect your water before you use it.

After A Disaster
In an emergency situation, immediately shut off the water supply to your home. It’s a good idea to locate the shut off valve before you need it and teach everyone in the family to do it immediately after a disaster. The main gas valve must be shut off also. You can drain the pipes and collect the water that is left in your water lines. Just turn on the faucet that is located in the highest room of the house to let air into the lines. Draw the water from the lowest faucet of the house.

Supplemental Sources of Water
The water in the hot water heater is available for use. Be sure to shut off the incoming water or intake valve to prevent the contaminated water from mixing with the safe water. To take water out of the tank, open the drain valve. A hose can be attached to this valve and the water drained into containers.

The water in the tank of the toilet, not the bowl, can be scooped out and used if needed.

Liquids for drinking can be obtained from canned fruits, juices, vegetables and soft drinks, or anything that has been water-packed in the canning process.

Snow can be melted and rain water can be used, if you have a collection barrel. Be sure to disinfect the water before drinking. Boiling it vigorously for five minutes will kill all bacteria.

Swimming pools or spas contain treated water. Boil it before using. Lakes, streams, ponds, rivers and ditches contain water that can be used if it is clarified and treated with one of the methods I’ll describe below. To clarify, strain the water through a cloth placed over a bowl or pot. This will take out impurities.

As water sits over time, disease organisms tend to die. So the longer it is stored the safer it becomes and the less chance it contains bacteria, if it has been safely stored using one of the following methods. But remember, there is no way to purify water that has been contaminated with radioactivity.

Boiling Method: The safest method of purifying water is to boil it vigorously for five minutes. To improve the taste of the water after it has been boiled, pour the water from one container to another and aerate the water. Do not use cloudy water if you have a choice between clear or cloudy. Cloudy water is caused by bacterial growth. Cloudy water must be strained through a cloth to remove the particles. Then boil or treat the water with chemicals.

Chemical Sterilization Using Bleach: You can purify water by adding any household bleach that is not more than 1 year old. Bleach loses its effectiveness after a year. The most common bleach solutions contain 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite. Add the bleach solution to the water and mix thoroughly by stirring or shaking it. Then let it stand for 30 minutes so the bleach can do its job. Do not use lemon scented or perfumed bleach.

The following table shows the proper amount of bleach to add to the water.

Amount of water
to Purify

Amount of bleach to add to clear water

Amount of bleach to add to cloudy water

1 Quart
1 Gallon
5 Gallons

2 Drops
8 Drops
½ Teaspoon

4 Drops
16 Drops      
1 Teaspoon

Tincture Of Iodine: You can use ordinary 2 percent tincture of iodine, which you may have in your medicine cabinet. To purify small quantities of water add three drops of tincture of iodine to each quart of clear water or six drops to each quart of cloudy water. Stir well and let it stand for 30 minutes. This water will be a brownish red color and will have a slight taste of iodine. Pregnant women and people with thyroid problems should not use this method.

Water Purification Tablets: Water purification tablets release chorine or iodine to purify the water. You can purchase them at most sporting good stores or drug stores. These tablets have a shelf life of five years unopened.

Halazone Tablets: Halazone tablets for emergency water disinfection are commonly carried by emergency medical technicians or paramedics. They can be purchased in drug stores. The shelf life of these tablets is only two years, so check the label to see how long it has been on the drugstore shelf before you purchase it. Keep these tablets tightly sealed. If the tablets turn yellow or smell bad, do not use them. Again allow the water to stand at least 30 minutes before using it. This gives the chemicals time to work.

Home Purification Devices: Do not rely on water purifiers to substitute for stored water. If you use a water filter or home purifier you must still purify the water by boiling or using a chemical. Reverse osmosis devices and home distillers cannot be relied upon to remove grossly contaminated water. Even though these devices are not reliable to remove contamination, they can remove chlorine or iodine after the water has been safely disinfected. Using a water purifier will greatly improve the taste of the water.

ION is a stabilized oxygen product
ION: ION is a stabilized oxygen product that I have found to be very effective in water treatment. Many studies have been done on this product and it is concluded that ION will kill giardia, cholera and dysentery within a few minutes. It doesn’t have any of the harmful side effects that are associated with chlorine or Iodine. ION is a high concentration of oxygen.

High levels of oxygen will kill harmful bacteria. The name ION stands for ions of oxygen with a negative charge. By removing the positive charge from the water the process creates stabilized nontoxic oxygen. Anaerobic pathogens or infectious microorganisms in the water cannot survive in the presence of oxygen. ION will not harm the normal flora in our bodies. ION can be taken every day (five drops per 8-ounce glass of water). This will help boost the immune system by introducing stabilized oxygen into the bloodstream.

My husband and I take ION to Mexico and other countries when we go on vacation. We use it in all of our drinks. We do not get sick while others in our group do.

Because ION is nontoxic, it can be used medicinally and can be used every day to prevent illness. It can also be applied topically on wounds to kill any harmful bacteria. It’s great to put in the medical kit. One bottle of ION will treat 110 gallons of water. To use, add 20 drops of ION to a gallon of water. It’s small enough to carry in a purse and use every day.

There are many kinds of toxins that ION will neutralize. Bee stings and bites from spiders or snakes are all toxic. Dropping ION on the injuries will neutralize them almost immediately. ION can be mixed with Tea Tree Oil or as a carrier to help drive it deep into the skin.

ION should not be used full strength. Diluting it down with water (five drops of ION to 8 ounces of water) is the best way to use it. If you water your plants with the diluted ION water, they will thrive and grow bigger.

It can also help you if you suffer from a bacterial or viral infection. During times of sickness caused by a bacterial or viral infection, take 50 drops every three hours diluted in a glass of water. The ION goes into the stomach and fights the bacteria or virus.

To purchase ION go to my website www.peggylayton.com Click on ION water purification. Double click on the picture of the ION and all the information will come up on the many medicinal uses as well as water treatment. If you purchase 10 bottles at a time you can get a discount. If you purchase 25 or more bottles you can buy it wholesale.

This information was taken from my books Food Storage 101. Where do I begin? and Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook. To purchase any of the seven books I have written or purchase dehydrated food that has been sealed for long term storage in 1-gallon cans or 5-gallon buckets, please check out my website at
www.peggylayton.com. My next article will cover dehydrated food, what to store how much to store and why you should make dehydrated food part of your long term storage plan.

— Peggy Layton

Peggy Layton

a home economist and licensed nutritionist, holds a B.S. in Home Economics Education with a minor in Food Science and Nutrition from Brigham Young University. Peggy lives in Manti, Utah with her husband Scott. Together they have raised seven children. Peggy owns and operates two businesses: One called "The Therapy Center", where she is a licensed massage therapist and hypnotherapist, and the other an online cookbook and preparedness products business. She is nationally known for publishing a series of seven books on the subject of food storage and also lectures and teaches seminars about preparedness and using food storage products. Peggy practices what she preaches, has no debt, grows a huge garden, lives off the land, raises chickens, bottles and dehydrates food and has time left over to operate her businesses. To check out Peggy's cookbooks and self sufficiency products go to her website www.peggylayton.com. To get a free sample of three different storable meals that have a 15-year shelf life go here.

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  • Angel Wannabe

    Bob & Peggy, Thanks be to you both for all of your valuable information. I like my ducks in a row while no one wants to figure on the worst happening you’ve go think about it whether you want to or not. Being prepared is a mainstay__and everyone should take the responsibility upon themselves__ I’ve printed off several copies of your information and passed it out. I love the looks I get, when I do, most of them think I’m a loon!_It’s all ok__ If anything goes down, weather or a collapse__ at least our home can run efficiently and we can help others out as well!

    • Think Again

      Britta filter removes a lot of the bad stuff…

  • Mark Matis

    For those of you who have lawn sprinkler systems, water storage is not much of an issue as long as you have a pitcher pump:
    http://store.waterpumpsupply.com/hanpitpum1.html
    There are many more sources like that, with most in a similar price range. MAKE SURE you have the correct adapters to mate to your wellpoint BEFORE you need it.

    There are also hand pumps that will work with deep wells, but they tend to be more expensive.

  • http://Garynull.com frank

    And you can listen or call to Gary Null for more information

  • Bob Wire

    ” “How can the shelf life of water be increased?”
    * Answer: To increase the shelf life of water stored in translucent containers, group the containers together in dark plastic bags to keep out the light. Polyethylene plastics (water, milk, and bleach bottles) can be permeated by hydrocarbon vapors. Store your water supply away from gasoline, kerosene, pesticides, or similar substances.

    NOTE: I have stored our water (mostly in four-liter milk jugs) in two different home locations, in case we are unable to access one stash. Approximately half is stored in the basement, while the other half is stored in our upstairs chest freezer. These frozen jugs of water help to improve the efficiency of our half empty freezer, and in the event of a power outage will help to protect the food from thawing. After an earthquake, the jugs can be used in a freezer to provide us with an icebox.

    • Dan az

      Bob Wire
      this is a site for storage tanks which I would suggest every one start preparing for the long haul.
      http://store.solar-electric.com/sun-pumps.html

    • DaveM

      I have to agree wholeheartedly with storing milk jugs full of water in the freezer. We average a couple of power outages every year, usually in the summer. With the jugs of frozen water in the freezer we are good for at least 2 days before the temps start to rise, even in the summer.

      I bought a 4000 watt gen set a couple of years ago and have used it quite a few times now. To ensure the gas is fresh I fill it with 100LL aviation gas. Av gas is good for three years minimum unlike auto fuel that starts to break down in as little as one month in warm weather.

  • rishi dwivedi

    You wil not believe I read EVERY word with keen interest and like a blotting paper. I have a New Invention from Wellan Energy Solutions (look up the Google search for Wellan Energy)
    which is a simple ring that you can install with a screw driver in the incoming pipe. It neutralizes clorine and other impurities, kills bacteria/algae and also keeps the filtration unit’s RO filter clean for years. I have had it in my home for 4 years now and never had to replace the RO filter. Normally it was necessary to change this filter at least every 6 months. The water tester has since shown a reading of only 11 ! )Just for your information

  • Cliffystones

    Great information!

    I just wanted to add a quick warning. Water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon. If you do decide to buy large storage barrels or commercial tanks, be sure the floor your are going to fill and store them on can handle the weight!

    It would suck to find out your basement’s concrete floor wasn’t poured over well compacted soil.

  • reeves

    Milk jugs work just fine. Clean and air them thoroughly before filling with tap water, and store them in rows and stacks in the Garage. Also keep a hand operated can opener and as many vacume-sealed cans of food as you have room for. Store in the Garage.

    • Richard Pawley

      The trick is in cleaning them with hot soapy water and rinsing them thoroughly. I use a particular milk brand that is free of artificial bovine hormones and which has a thicker plastic than most (not all do). Wal-Mart sells a seven gallon blue plastic water container with a “spicket” for camping for about $10 (it used to be $6) and I find it very handy. I also obtain five gallon containers that once held honey or agave syrup from the local health food store. The ones that contain pickles and olives and cheese are hard to clean and take quite a while to deodorize but they work well too. I’ve found that after thoroughly washing with soap and water the honey containers still smell sweet but after storing water for a month or so that disappears. These are also good for storing grain in their air tight rubber gasket sealed lids, and I even have 15 bags of cereals, removed from their original boxes, with a pin prick in their inner bags – I press out all the air and put a piece of tape over the hole (be careful not to make two holes through the entire bag unless you cover them both) and that is part of my emergency food supply. Of course mine are organic cereals. MaraNatha and Smuckers both sell peanut butter in reusable glass jars that are air tight with a built in rubberized lid. With 20% inflation most likely next year (due to all the money the last congress has squandered in the past four years) and some 200% forecast for the future for food, fuel and imported goods, the time to prepare is now. God bless you.

      • Vic

        I agree with you. It’s a must to store water and some dry goods. I hate to say it though. I can’t believe we have to do this. I just pray our newly elected officials don’t let us down and our country begins healing. God Bless you and all as well.

    • Vic

      I’ve been using milk containers, but the writer of the article states they aren’t good, because they only last about 6 months. I also have a hand operated can opener in my garage with my canned goods.

    • Granny Mae

      It is not a good idea to store your food storage in the garage ! It is subjected to a lot of highs and lows in temperature and will not last long. My friend did that and has lost most all her storage. That was a lot of money down the drain and it would have been a shame if she had not found out till she needed it! Please don’t store food in the garage! A basement is great if you have one but if not you should keep it in the house where you can maintain a constant temp. Or as close to constant as possible. 38 to 40 degrees is wonderful if you can get it but most can’t so try not to let it get higher than 78 degrees !

  • http://www.philippinetreasure.com everett

    your description of ION is not really a true description.

    Just really what is in ION ??

    what chemical compounds? what salts??

    • Richard Pawley

      It sounds like a weak solution of FOOD GRADE hydrogen peroxide. I say weak because food grade H2O2 must be diluted to a much greater strength. One should not use ‘regular’ hydrogen peroxide because it is not pure enough for consumption, even when diluted. FOOD GRADE is normally 35% and it is somewhat difficult to obtain and it is not cheap. It must be kept in darkened bottled and refrigerated for the longest use.

  • http://www.philippinetreasure.com everett

    negative charges can not exist as “stable” in the human environment unless positive charges are also in the solution to balance it out !

    negative IONs of oxygen … stable existing without positive … enough of this BULL SH-T .

  • jopa

    This is a good article for everyone to be aware of now that the producers of natural gas are using a method of pumping chemicals into the ground to extract natural gas.The method does work to get out the natural gas but the chemical pollutants are also contaminating drinking water.I am pretty sure most peoplr have seen the video of the guy lighting his kitchen faucet water and the ensuing ball of fire.

  • James

    Although the article had some excellent points, it failed to mention that ultraviolet “A” and “C” band light, ozone, and high-voltage pulsed electro-sterilization of water also work VERY well. Natural sunlight contains high levels of UV-A, and in some third-world countries, glass and plastic bottles are placed upon sheets of aluminum, to help intensify the radiant UV energy. In about 4 to 6 hours, the water in the continers becomes “sterile”. I realize that this may conflict with the information in the article that says to keep the water in a “cool, DARK place”, but years of scientific evidence proves otherwise!

    • vicki

      The cool dark place is more for AFTER sterilization

  • barbm

    you can seal canning jars by turning them upside down which allows the boiled water to heat the seal. i do that when i make jelly. you can hear them pop as they seal. doesn’t work for veggies or for very long-term storage, but works great for making a few jars from my fig and blueberry bushes. we eat it quickly enough to keep any bacteria from forming.

  • http://com i41

    When I worked over in Gillette Wyo. when you turned on your faucet methane gas would always vent off for a bit before water showed up. Same as it does in some places in MT. If the green weinies would allow the use of more drilling, instead of wasting money on windmills and fairy dust batteries. We would have plenty of energy and put more people to work. As for storing water we use 55 gallon blue water barrels, and we check them every 6 months for water taste. Usually we change out the water at 3 months first time use, 6 months the second, and 1-2 after that, get rid of any plastic smell. Also we have a fiverglass 2500 gallon tank on a trailer we keep filled for reserve or firefighting.

  • Carol J

    I have kept any gallon water bottles I get at the store and refill them from my Brita pitchers. Since I use that water for the cats and dog as well as myself, I try to have several gallons filled. At the moment I also have 4 cases of 16 oz. bottles I got on a bogo deal, and they are stored in a cupboard. Never thought about maybe needing water, just wanted to make sure I had plenty of “safe” water. Oh, yes, I also have 3 5 gallon buckets of water left over from when my pipes sprung a leak and I had to use these for the bathroom. The empty containers from cat litter are perfect for this.

    • Vic

      This article stated that water stored in gallon milk containers aren’t good for long – but stores sell bottled water in what seems to be the same grade of plastic for a gallon.

      • Kitty

        That’s because they assume you’ll use it sooner than 6 months, also because if it was suitable for long term storage you would refill them and have your own water and not need to buy again from them.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Vic,
        I don’t know if you like Arizona green tea, but their gallon jugs are about 4 times as thick as the thickest milk jug! I filled them with water last year to keep my tarps on my wood pile down and even when they froze solid they didn’t break!!

        • independant thinker

          In my area there are some 300 gallon food grade containers that are roughly cubical available. I purchased mine originaly to store rain water for my garden but they also work wonderfuly for storing water for personal use.

  • http://www.subtleenergytherapyuk.com DONALD WALTON

    Hi,
    See jimhumble.org he has a section on water purification using Sodium Chlorite, and his distributors/makers of Water Purification Drops are sold worldwide.
    It works fine for various reasons, in fact many water suppliers use Sodium chlorite to purify their water! (Ignore the current hype abput it being bad for you that is Big Pharma rubbish1)
    Best regards
    Donald walton

  • Vic

    This is a good article. I’ve been storing water for a few weeks – and using gallon milk jugs – I guess i have been doing it wrong. We don’t drink sodas much or jarred juice – so I guess I will have to start purchasing something else.

    The article mentioned that milk containers only last about 6 months, but I didn’t read in this article for proper containers how long will the water stay good?

    • Kitty

      Tap water will stay SAFE long term, but it will degrade in taste. taste test your water every so often and replace as needed.

      if you are in a survival situation and want to aid the taste of water that’s why lots of people store koolaid, but you can also use it for tea, coffee, or just pour the water from one container to another back and forth for several minutes from a high height to add air back into the water.

      FWIW, Kitty

    • Granny Mae

      Vic,

      I have been storring water for several years now and I have no problem with it. My husband and I found a place that gets food grade 50gal. drums from a place that uses fruit syrup. We have bought 8 or 10 of them and washed them well with dish soap and rinsed real well, then put them on our carport and filled them. Because we have well water we decided to add clorine bleach to them when filling and then we closed them up. We added 5 teaspoons of bleach to each barrel. After two years we emptied them and used the water on the garden and plants and refilled the drums and added the bleach again. I don’t think we needed to change the water but we did. It doesn’t hurt anything either way. My barrels are outside and under the carport where they don’t get any sun. Living in the south they do get warm but that doesn’t seem to bother them that I can see ! We originally got the barrels because we were in a drought and were afraid that our well would go dry and we would need water till we could get another well drilled. I have never regretted doing it. I feel safer. If you want to know what it would be like to have a EMP attack and what to do after to survive then you need to read the book ONE SECOND AFTER ! It is a great discription of what we would be facing and what to think about for a food storage, emergency supplies, lights and water and a lot of things you just don’t think about till it is too late. We live in a very different world today with threats of monetary collapse, terrorist attacks and the possibility of a dirty bomb and on and on. Now is the time to be ready for anything. I use to be afraid untill I decided to get ready to live through it and survive. I have my family ready. I make my own storage food and have found ways to store a lot od foods in this double-wide that I live in. There is no room for storage in these homes but I have made room. There is enough food in this house to feed my family and even an occasional neighbor too. I just keep adding to it. I have also stored bath soap, laundry soap, toothpaste, toilet paper and just about anything else you can think of. The paper products and soap are stored in a storage shed along with anything else that won’t be ruined by the heat, everything else is in the house. I switched to cloth napkins to save money. I can wash them and also handkerchief. They too can be washed and reused. There are some things that will store a long time and some that won’t. For long term storage I suggest you by the freeze dried powdered shortening. Oil will only store for maybe a year. It has a tendency to go rancid and so does shortening like Crisco. You must use them and replace them on a regular bases. I also have oil lamps and got a book that tells me how to make lamps using olive oil which I think you could most likely use any food oil if need be ! Anyway I am enjoying doing this now and I’m not afraid anymore ! Try it yourself and see if you don’t feel better about being prepared too !

      • Lorie

        Where exactly did you find the food grade barrels? Where should one look for that type thing?

        • Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

          For food grade barrels, buckets and drums, look in Craig’s List. Usually it mentions if it is food grade and sometimes states what it had originally stored in the containers.

        • independant thinker

          Where I live there is a flea market that has the 55 gallon food grade barrels as well as 300 gallon food grade tanks available. The barrels are blue plastic and the tanks are milky white colored much like 1 gal. milk or water jugs. The tanks are also on a pallet with a steel tube frame around them and have a valve already on them.

        • Dan az

          Lorie
          think long run and get the size that you need.
          http://store.solar-electric.com/sun-pumps.html

  • Dennis P

    I was looking at the 250 gallon storage tank on her web site. Wondering if it’s alright to put it in a garage. In the Texas summer that garage can get up to 100+. Still safe and fit to drink?

    • Granny Mae

      Dennis P,

      Yes it is safe and the garage would be a good place for your water! It is safe to drink. Just read my previous post. Don’t store your fod supply outside in the garage though. It is too hot for that. Keep it in the house. If you have a basement that is good just don’t sit things on the cement floor, instead put down some boards and put your supplies on them. If you need to store it in the house let me know and I can give you a lot of suggestions on where to put it out of sight ! Please don’t wait, get started now !

      • Granny Mae

        Also, plain clorine bleach or pool clorine is what you can use to make your water safe. It is inexpensive and good to store anyway for lots of purposes in an emergency situation. Also store some vegetable seeds that you could plant a garden with. Store them in the freezer in a water proof container. Heirloom seeds are the best as they reproduce more plants from saved seeds that are true to the original food ! Anyone can plant a garden in their back yard and even incorporate some things in pots and in with flowers. For instance plant garlic around your roses ! Roses love garlic ! I can’t stress enough people to start right now to get self suficient.

  • http://n/a krys

    FOOD GRADE hydrogen peroxide 35% can be purchaed at several places in the U.S. I obtained mine from Florida. $89.00 for 2 gal.I googled for it.They send it in food grade soi=lid white gal. containers.w/a colbalt blue bottle to carry some with you.
    James is right on the ultraviolet “A” and “C” band light, ozone, and high-voltage pulsed electro-sterilization of water also work VERY well. Natural sunlight contains high levels of UV-A, They used this method on one of the Suvivor shows of the aftermath.
    Everyone has a choose whats best for their situation. Some will have it rougher than others. We took several survival courses to learn what we didn’t know.Find a class thats not a fly by night scheme.Do background checks to insure your spending your money wisely.
    It wasn’t hard for us since we do pre 1880′s camping. These groups are every where and worth checking out so you know how things are done.
    Good Luck & God Bless Everyone on the times to come.

  • Nanette

    Check this out:
    http://www.ecoloblue.com/EcoloBlue30DeluxeSolar
    . . . a solar-powered generator, which makes water from air . . . ONLY $4,000 . . . just wish I had the $$$$.

    • vicki

      It does not “make” water from air, it is a dehumidifier that extracts water vapor from air.

  • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

    To all, Remember ” Blast from the Past” ?

  • JimH

    Water is heavy, if the emergency calls for evacuation, water filters that backpackers use are light and portable.

  • http://coloidsilver dale bennett

    purify water and stay that way,is cheep u can make for penneys , check it out some time

  • http://coloidsilver dale bennett

    coloid silver

  • http://FarTooMuch.Info Russ Lemon

    I have a ‘germicidal’ lamp. Basically, it is a 15 watt fluorescent lamp without the fluorescence and with the glass tube replaced by quartz. Quartz will pass UVC, glass will not. The lamp provides visible light, UVA, UVB, and UVC (which is ionizing radiation). When it is on, you can smell the ozone it creates from the oxygen in the air. If you want to sterilize water, put it in a quartz container near the lamp when on. Note that you must NOT LOOK AT THE LAMP when the lamp is on without eye protection. UVC is very dangerous and direct eye exposure will cause blindness. Welding goggles work. Wrap around sun glasses certified to filter out UVA, UVB & UVC and absolutely prevents any direct or reflected UV from entering the eye should also work.

    • Kitty

      that would be great… as long as we have electricity.

  • http://www.thevitalityforlife.com Al Bowden

    Bob, I wanted to add another source for perfect water.

  • sbs

    I have used ION for over 15 years for everything that has to do with dexification to killing anaerobes, ie, spider bites (to include black widow and brown recluse), cuts bruises, infection of sores, even treatment of H1N1, with great success…guaranted you perioxide won’t do what ION has done for me..Raised a dozen kids using it for coughs, colds, fever, etc…has saved me a bundle in medical expenses. I treat all my ong term storage water with it, and “suspected” water with it, sent it to foreign countries for missionaries..no “montezuma revenge” here..thanks peggy, great product

  • john

    I have found that one way to keep water stored is by buying new trash cans with lids, clean out first, put in a trash can liner ,fill the liner, then use as needed, take a gallon at a time and use bleach or what ever your choice to make sure it is potable. The important thing is to have the water available. Remember some water might be bad for you,but NO WATER WILL KILL YOU.

  • Mary

    The most practical and reliable water filter system I’ve heard of is called Big Berkey. It’s a gravity system that lasts a long time. All you need is a water source. If the water is debris filled, filter it through a clean cotton undershirt before putting it into the BB. They are not cheap, but worth a look if you can afford one (They start about $140 for a 1 quart kit to around $300 for a 6-gallon system.) They filter out everything but the above-mentioned radiation-contaminated water and arsenic (though there is an additional filter for that too). You can also make your own for less than $150 by buying a few parts and using two 5-gallon storage containers that are frequently used for long-term food storage. If you are interested in the most basic, check this out: http://www.alpharubicon.com/kids/homemadeberkeydaire.htm
    I bought spare parts for my BB just in case, but they can be used to make the home-made BB too. If you search in google, I think I saw a fancier one suitable for display and use when not in an emergency situation also. Great tasting water at best or worst of times.

  • tim ryan

    never consume…ocean, sea water (NOT)
    but one can survive on .. human (p)

  • http://na Ron

    I would think hard about storing water or food in your garage.Figure any oil or gas or chemicals well end up in your water.B a shame to spend so much time and money and find out your water tastes like gas.Fumes and such.

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