OK many ways to store water, my question is when it’s time to drink stored water what test is needed to know you did it right? Finished with that and kept on going. Gallon AZ Iced Tea containers are quite thick also. also, I have read quite often that well canned (still sealed) foodstuffs of all sorts can literally last for yrs. Nice. Stainless beer kegs, stainless soda syrup kegs, glass is “mo better”. It will burn small debris (twigs,pinecones, etc’) and rapidly boil water. That water comes in jugs, too. Hey! I’ll defrost them and use the water up, then toss those jugs. If you do a google search you will find many examples. I have got a hand pump that will provide water from my well, and would be able to fill a cistern as well (slowly) but a commercial windmill setup will cost me over $6K. But I have bunches of quart jars. I live in OH and we have winters where it routinely gets to <32 deg. If you can afford to replace the keg of beer every six months ( shelf life of beer ), then you can afford the canned water and it will store longer and more easily. I live in central Arizona so I don’t have the problem of my water freezing.In the summer our temp’s can and will be over 100 and not cool off that much in the night. Every spring I drain the water out and replace with fresh. They can melt. Do I need to treat it ? A 5000 litre water rainwater tank is mandatory on all new build homes in Queensland, where we live. Just to use in a pinch. (START YOUR AMZN SHOPPING HERE). We take it for granted that we will always have a supply of water to drink at our disposal. We have a rain cachement system and it uses some of the 55 gallon drums, plus the 1,000 gallon water tank. We keep three gallons of filtered water available in the pantry (stored in the original half-gallon case with extra cardboard padding between the bottles) and rotate them in and out by using them in the car as part of our everyday carry car kit (one gallon in the car at all times). If the water has been initially decontaminated (e.g. may keep water from freezing. The other choice is that I can buy a $15 barrel, clean it, fill it and forget about it for a while which makes the choices real easy for my lazy self. Right now it has been -5 deg at night and the barrels are frozen (rain barrel as well lol). — so just used for stuff like bird seed etc..Now then, if SHTF or water was off for a while, a smidgen of vinegar taste and smell would not harm anyone…but…. Scot. I believe some places even ban rain catchment systems. – Does it ever freeze in the crawl space? A very good way to store your water is in BPA-free heavy duty plastic containers that have been manufactured specifically for water storage. Get a water filter. Despite the initial sticker shock, probably the most cost efficient prep I’ve made. Thank you. In my previous post, I explained the four 55 gal. abc: I used strong plastic like emptied bleach/vinegar/cleaning/juice jugs and they lasted for about 10 years in an unused bedroom with no leaks…ever. Yes it would help, but, it will only slow down the freeze (unless the room or location they are stored in gets above freezing long enough to prevent the equilibrium temperature from setting in below 32F. My mistake our milk comes in 1/2 gallon cartoon containers, but the package holds two units. The sample results were, NO noticeable chlorine residual, NO smell, No discolorazation, NO bad taste. You place the bladder in the tub and fill it with clean water while the supply is available and reliable. Pouring it between to cups, back and forth, will aerate it. Big bleach bottles work same way esp good for using for cleaning and flushing.in no water situations. It has already been treated with enough chlorine to destroy harmful organic pathogens. 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I figure one 305 gallon tank will provide the five people I am responsible for with 2 gallons a day each for a month (considered minimum for shtf survival). Knowing your area, the waterways and the geological aspects of your area is vital for survival. I stored the well water in bleach bottles as soon as my wife emptied one. My advice is to ‘know’ your stored water. Glad to see that we both used it to become productive people. I put jugs back into original cardboard boxes they come in , store them in my basement in a cool dark place. https://modernsurvivalblog.com/preps/long-term-drinking-water-storage Papa Smurf, are you going to get water from the cistern via gravity flow or via a pump? I rotate the water annually but wouldn’t have any qualms with it being a couple of years old. If so how were your results? I actually have about six large tarps and a number of covered buckets and other containers on hand. I just want to know if heating it would make it safe enough to drink…and even cook with if we needed it. A lot of this sort of thing is being engineered to biodegrade faster. (it is so strong they use it in constructipn industry to permanently hold up sheets of plywood It appears that the well was drilled first and the the house was built over the well. I hear rumors that a LOT of Folks THINK they will Hunt for FOOD during the SHTF event. There seems to be no one that is really concerned about sterilizing the water. If the barrel freezes and bursts, would there be much water flowing out of it? The reason I mentioned the 14 X 20 foot tarps collecting 175 gallons of filter ready rainwater from a 1 inch rainstorm is this: With well placed Hooks on your home and outbuildings you can run out with your tarps and most importantly HAVING available water storage to collect that blessing from a maybe brief rain event. If you are using rain barrels and bulk tanks for rainwater harvesting, keep in mind that water will need to be filtered and purified before using as potable water. It looked nice & clear. For maintenance, I would dump it and replace it once every year to be assured. We remove all the chorine from our tap water due to it being a poison when it is used by a charcoal filter. I have plenty of dark storage space to store hundreds of gallons of water but what happens when the temperatures soar. And yes (saw interviewed on t.v. at the very least talk to a few experts…and get a few opinions . After it’s frozen I add a bit more and redo until close to the top. And I suppose, living where you do, there’s no need to drain it in the winter? While it’s not much (1%), this change in water volume will stress the container over time if filled to the top and sealed. Container should be light tight and closed and in a cool place; and to me plastic is a no no if possible. ;^) Papa Smurf I researched plastic septic tanks. I can’t say enough about that filter system… It won’t pour in the frozen state but we’d have easy to pour water once defrosted. I forgot to mention we have a 600 gal. I applaud you for taking the steps to secure water. Unfortunately it is a ranch on a slab. Befriend the caretaker of the center. I don’t plan on sticking my head out the house for at least 3 months. Oh, they charge a buck for a bottle, its a scam! Practised in India, Turkey, sahelian countries and southern Africa, this method of storage is used in dry regions where the water table does not endanger the contents. Okay, just want to make sure I wouldn’t be making a big mistake here. The other unknown is if it even stays cold enough for long enough for all of the water to freeze. The result will simply be a change in air pressure within the container as the temperature fluctuates in temperature. Groundwater dams:- they allow the storage of water … Before you store it or drink it, you may choose to test it and/or purify it using the many methods commonly available. – I had actually researched the plastic septic/water tanks myself. Modern Throwback – very cool to have the great grand parents cast iron dispenser. and form a container/package. To Store water right is kind of early don’t you think I believe the evidence says were ten to fifteen years away before it becomes a ñightmare. This system could also be rigged for rainwater collection with the needed first rain fall diverters into GARDEN-Animal water supply and a filter if you feel your rainwater needs it. MT, Do you have any events you attend that use cola’s, or juice…church event, family gatherings,? It will take more than an ordinary rinse. Seals went bad. No ill effects then or now. I use milk jugs for shortest term. Again the weakness I’ve seen in most emergency rainwater collection systems is LACK of enough storage. chlorine). Won’t happen overnight, will take time to get up the money (taxes and insurance are due), but sacrificing a few less necessary wants will get me to where I want to be with this prep. I am looking to store several 55 gal blue food grade drums that I found and am cleaning out as I type. Jhalaras are typically rectangular-shaped stepwells that have tiered steps on three or four … Papa S. Solid? Ken… for those people that have wells, if their well becomes contaminated, the well will need to be disinfected before using. I think I’m going to go with a variety in each category . size jugs from the store It looks clean but haven’t tried drinking it. Having said that, and assuming that you read the article to get my general opinion on the general subject, I would answer your question by saying it will last forever. Easy to store in the bathroom where you will need it. hot tub we could use for water too… It doesn’t. As you either expand or get more durable solutions, you can donate or distribute this water to folks who may be not as prepared as you are in time of need. NRP I seen it at the store over by the blinker fluid, spaghetti noodle stretchers and 5th wheel air tanks. Filled a 10×20 shed. how do you go about filling a stainless beer keg with water?? The EMAS hand pump information I have uses a marble in a seat seal and mentions need for rebuilding that seat seal now and then due to suspended water grit wear. The plastic seems to be thicker than most plastic bottles. Constructed on an area with naturally high elevation on three sides, soil is excavated to create a storage area and used to create a wall on fourth side to hold water. That’s okay. In theory, water lasts forever. Note that the level of chlorine will decay over time. Had it for three years now. I leave my rain barrels out all winter, sometimes I forget to drain them, they are still OK. could also make 2by 4 frames in much bigger sizes…drape plastic over sides of frame fill with water and treat… What are your thoughts and or suggestions? They are built for the needed strength to be buried for use as a septic tank or in your case a cistern. I’m American but moved to Australia to be with my husband nearly 5 years ago. I used one of the kits that has Iodine pellets that you shake and wait before adding. I put 20 drops into a gallon of water and it is supposed to be good for 5 years. Would it still be safe to drink this water after boiling it? A dam is constructed underground to obstruct the flow of underground water and create a reservoir … I would save up on the hard plastic soda liter bottles or other such similar Food Grade plastic (#1 PETE). Denise the IBCs I have I wrapped in black plastic and put on the north side of the house out of the sun to keep the algae down. Maybe we should freeze ice blocks (made from cut-back gallon jugs), then remove them from the molds, pile them into a Rubbermaid-type tub, and place it all in a corner of one freezer shelf. We have R/O system connected to our kitchen sink. We live in an area that experiences quite a few single digit nights, occasionally dips to zero. And if so, if you are storing it outside your house, say in your garage or shed, how are you dealing with the extreme temps we can have here ! Once mine runs out I’ve got a hike to retrieve dirty water that will need filtering. On the Brink If you see it burst, you could then move it outside and let it melt. And why not have a second large water tank? You might also consider a biomass stove. Thank you all for the feedback. CD from OK was having a bad day and said something not to bright and so far has NOT posted again. How long will water last under these conditions? i am no scientist/chemist/expert my friend… but considering you will potentially have unknown high amounts of chemical residue inside…please do not use it. (We also save bailing twine and plastic stringing, too — comes in very handy when bailing up kindling bundles, or as temporary ties for odd jobs.). They will stack better than any other container I can think of. – me2, SUPPORT MSB at no extra cost to you: Here in coastal South Texas much of the ground water is salty so folks outside of town have cisterns. Matt, can set that same IBC/ black, up on a platform and let it be an oversized sun shower, friend of mine who lives near Hana over here has no running water so that is his setup, they pump water from a stream. We both are reasonably healthy but we might be really BUSY post SHTF and or injured-sick for serious time spent running a hand pump for water pumping. Durability of bottles for long-term storage is questionable (would need to protect the floor from leaks if storing under a bed). We live along Lake Erie, and we have been having algae blooms that stop our water supply for sometimes two days at a time. You could always BOIL the water before it was used! These can be found on line or locally from beer/wine supply stores. MT The installation instructions I read point out that before backfill the hole they need 25% capacity fill of water. My mother froze water that way when I was a kid for camping and sending ice with my dad when he worked out on construction jobs. A repair kit is important. For my Family, we would need about one per day for drinking. Also have two running creeks in the area, so what if they are only ankle deep and a few feet wide? ), – By the way, the last three rainfall events were 0.1″, 0.4″ and 0.2″ all this year. Hope this helps you think about this prep. About Keep in mind the recommendation that you have one gallon of water per person per day for emergency situations. The most dangerous of all animals out there. Each is better at one than the other. If so, how long would it last? They usually come in volumes of 3.5 to 7 gallons. All the comments on Long Term Water Storage, and not a one on the easiest way to store hundreds and thousands of good clean gallons of water. You also need to provide a way for the air to escape. The only issue with this method is that you need to be prepared in advance and aware of when a possible emergency is going to happen so you can fill the WaterBob before the water supply is compromised. I have found that the easiest and quickest way to establish a baseline of water storage is simply to buy larger-sized bottled water. Antique Collector — good reminder re cardboard juice containers for freezer water. Place in the freezer where you need to help with cold retention. Start small and build up your supply. You could also use heat tape. per person per day. I would avoid bleach like the plague, and Iodine and other poisons. ), the number of people you’re storing for, your risk tolerance threshold, your risk assessment of what might affect you, and decide for yourself how much you would like to store. Far better to run a small aquarium heater and put it on its lowest setting, and avoid the freeze altogether. Anywhere from 1 gallon to 2.5 gallons can be purchased for very little, and you can get a few days’ supply of water in one shopping trip. There are several varieties. It pains me to read about the lack of storage of water for households in the US. we do not get many.. can be used to mix liquid fertilizers for certain house plants. The best way to make sure you have enough drinkable water is to find a natural spring in your area. The price is right,Free, would this be seen as a suitable container for H2O? The 65 psi that city water pressures need means a 150 foot high tower. 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