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DIY Fittings for Emptying IBC Totes & Other Large Water Storage Containers

 

diy-fittings-ibc-totes-water-storageI have on several occasions suggested that the 275-gallon IBC totes are a good solution for storing water in a location in which you plan to stay during an emergency. These totes and a reliable way to make sure the water is pure enough to drink could save lives. Several people have asked me how to get the water out of these large totes.

As you may know, the IBC totes have a valve and a spout at the bottom. The valve is plastic, and while it seems to work okay, I wouldn’t trust it for everyday use. However, the spout is threaded with standard 2-inch pipe threads, and this makes it possible to create your own fitting for a faucet.…

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Water Storage Mistakes

The other day I was in DisasterStuff.com a preparedness store that is located within a reasonable distance from my home.  While there, we were discussing water storage.  In California, this is a big subject due to the drought.

People are looking for all types of containers to store their water; fifty gallon barrels are very popular as well as IBC totes and many types of smaller containers.  One person said that he was going to use Water Bobs to store his water. He said he had two and they would give him enough water for him and his wife for ninety days.…

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Water Storage Should be a Priority, If You Live in the Drought Areas.

 

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275 gallon tote

Today I was out testing my water storage to see if it was still in good shape.  It has been about three years since I last filled the containers and at that time, I used no chemical preservatives.  I drank water from a 275-gallon tote and it was fine.  It did not cause any problems, so I just sealed them back up.

What got me started on water today was the drought in California.  Now I live in foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s and I have never seen it so dry.  If we don’t get rain, wildfires will be a major problem this summer. …

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Water Storage – How Much

 

275 Totes for water storage

I like Totes they be be stacked three high and each hold 275 gallons of water.

The information put out by the government and many other sources says you need to store 1 gallon of water per person.  I have said that myself on many occasions.  But upon further study and reflection, I want to put some qualifications on that amount.

Two-thirds of our body’s weight consists of water.  We need water for blood circulation, respiration and converting food to energy.  Water is the body’s second most important need coming right after oxygen.

We constantly lose water through sweat, urine and even breathing.  …

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How Much Water Should We Store

For years, I have heard that we are suppose to store a minimum of one gallon per person for emergencies.  I have wondered where that figure came from for some time and have been doing research on the subject.  Here is a summary of what I have found.

Two-thirds of our body’s weight consists of water.  We need water for circulation, respiration and converting food to energy.  After oxygen, water is the body’s most important need.

We constantly lose water through sweat, urine and even breathing.  You must replace the water your body loses for your organs to continue to work properly. …

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How to Store Water in a Compact Space

275 gallon water totes

With summer coming, now is a good time to think about increasing your water storage.  One practical way if you are planning to bug in, is to get the 275-gallon water totes.  They are a heavy-duty plastic container surrounded by a metal cage.  They measure 48 inches by 39 inches and are 46 inches high.  They come with a valve at the bottom that can be reconfigured to allow you attach a garden hose.  This a very compact way to store a lot of water.

The containers are stackable, but will weight approximately 2300 pounds when filled. …

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