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Emergency Water Storage for Preppers
Water tanks, barrels, jugs and other containers.  Water storage
is a critical component of prepping and yet rarely discussed in
prepper forums and Web sites.reppers have many water storage
options, which we will discuss.

  • 55 gallon tank. A 55-gallon tank, pictured left is a 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, pictured
    right 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.

  • Aqua-tainer. With 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. Store long-term potable water in 5-gallon
    BPA-free water bags from Legacy Foods. They come with
    Aquamira water treatment tablets! (Water treated with
    Aquamira is drinkable for 5 years.)

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.

  • WaterBob. Made of FDA approved food grade materials and
    BPA-Free, a WaterBob, pictured above, 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.

  • Water Bricks. Water bricks, pictured right, 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!

WARNING: Do not store your water in reused soda bottles. This
is a dangerous practice! It is among the many
dirty little prepper
lies and misinformation on the Internet.

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 tubs.

Why choose a water container when you could have bottled
Water bricks, pictured above, 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 Aquatainer, 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.

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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