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. I talked to my friend the owner of DisasterStuff.com located in Roseville California. He told me that he has sold a huge amount of 55-gallon barrels in the last few days. At this rate, they will soon be in short supply.
Now I know that the drought extends to other areas of the country and even if you don’t live in a drought area, you should have water storage. I am a big advocate of storing all the water you have room for. Even if you have a good reliable water source, you never know what may happen to contaminate that source.
Large containers like totes that hold 275 gallons How to Store Water in a Compact Space and 55 gallon barrels are nice, but what about if you don’t have them or can’t get them. Here are some things you can do to get the water out of large containers easily Emptying 55 Gallon Barrels. There are many things that you can improvise. I have a friend who gathers 2-liter soda bottles, cleans them, fills them with water and throws them under his house. He has been doing it for years and has a substantial amount of water stored.
Look at the juice and other containers that you throw out, many of them can be used. A word of warning, plastic milk bottles do not last and should not be used. One nice thing about storing water is that if it is in dark containers or covered up, sunlight and heat will not bother it. Plastic containers that have been used for juice or other liquids may impart a slight taste to the water.
In a real emergency, even if I think that my stored water is good I may still run my drinking water through a good water filter like a Big Berkey, Aquarain or Doulton as a safety precaution.