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Thursday, June 2, 2016

SMALL CONTAINER WATER STORAGE



                                                                                 

Many have little choice but to use small containers for water storage. There are a few things to look out for when choosing a container. One is the use of milk containers, a no-no for sure, no matter how well you think you can clean them out you cannot get into the small little imperfections on the plastic they harbor the bacteria that will turn your water bad in a heartbeat. Plus, they are flimsy and will fail in a short time. The same for those already filled water plastic containers with a spicket. The plastic is weak and will fail in a year or less. Avoid a problem and do not use these containers.

 Pop bottles are great and will keep water for years. A few drops of bleach in the water works well. I have had water in some pop bottles for years. When checked they were fine and good to go. Keep the bottles out of direct sunlight. Do not forget to clean the cap with bleach also. Be sure to include the threads of the bottle top. Any glass bottle is good but could lead to breakage. 

 The amount of water that seems to be suggested by the survival experts is one gallon per person a day. I think that is way too conservative, I suggest at least 3 gallons a day per person. That includes cooking, drinking and cleaning, like washing clothes. And that may not be enough, so go to the high side as much as possible, nothing replaces water in your diet. If you can find 40 gallon containers so much the better, but remember that water is heavy, about 8 pounds a gallon, so a larger container might be difficult to move and do not forget a small hand pump. 
For those of you who can get a hold of the 55 gallon drums or water storage so much the better but remember the weight you are dealing with. A 40-gallon container will weigh in at about 320 pounds, so a dolly might be a good investment or a very strong son. When I used the 55 gallon containers I placed them in a location so they would not have to be moved, I could roll the 40 gallon containers if I had to. I believe it’s better if you do not have to move them. Rolling them is a huge pain in the butt. It could compromise your container. No sense in taking that chance. 


 The alternative are the small containers, way better than nothing. The pop bottles are very strong as they have to be in order to withstand the pressure of the carbonation process. That’s why they do not fail over time, keep out of sun as that can make them brittle. You can stash them under beds, sofas, chairs, in cubby holes, in a garage on shelves etc. Years ago when I lived in an apartment I had about 100 bottles under a bed, even stacked them. Keep some in your trunk, under the seats, every little bit will help in a breakdown of water service if it ever comes to that. 


Do not forget your pets they will need water also. My deerhound drinks about a gallon a day. Water is something we cannot live without, plus if you have emergency food much of it needs water mixed into it or to cook it. I know water is not as sexy as food to store, but it is just as important if not more so. Water, prepare for it now. Once it is cut off, good luck with that one. Water is so common we often do not think of it ahead of time. It is not hard to get ready for storage of water, you just have to do it. Daddy can I have a drink of water? If you feel the water is suspect just boil it. Water is life. 

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                                                                             DUDE MCLEAN

5 comments:

  1. Added note: Water does not spoil, if nothing contaminants it , like bacteria it will not spoil , you do not have to replace it every year etc. it might taste flat if so just pour it back and forth from one container to the other this will allow oxygen into the water aerate it and it will not taste flat.

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  2. Good as usual Dude. There are glass quart jars from juice that are sold in stores. I think Knudsen is one such company. You can get Jerry cans new. 20L from Sportsmans Guide for $30. Wash really well, fill and stack them. I have an original army one. They used some kind of enamel paint coating inside that kept them from rusting. Even bees wax could be used for a lining as well as brewers pitch.

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    1. good point Quill, for some reason did not mention jerry cans they are good i use some myowndamnself.. but shows im not perfect ya tghink?.. thanks for your observation ...

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  3. I went with Augason Farms Emergency Water Storage Kits for home storage in a steel shed - they are expensive, but over time you can put up quite a bit of water that should be good for about 5 years - then you have to replace/re-treat the water. There are better, cheaper solutions for most areas, but ours is topsoil over crushed granite over granite. ;)

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    1. you really do not need to replace it water does not spoil , only if it is contaminated .. it will last for many more more years without changing it...

      thanks for your comment Dave

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