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


water storage

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.  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.

water storageLook 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.








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

  1. Terry says:

    How or what do you use to get the water out of the 275 gallon tote since the spout is so low to the ground?

    • admin says:

      I have the fittings to connect a hose to the spout at the bottom. You can get them at any good plumbing supply. A good backup is a siphon hose. in a few days I will post a blog on this.

  2. Marty says:

    I have lived in California for 53 years and have never even seen it come close to how dry it is right now. My son is on the fire department and they are expecting and preparing for the worst. I have seen truck after truck coming over the mountains carrying feed from other states to feed the cows in the middle of January which is some of the best times normally. I think we will see a rise in the cost of food also because of this. Everyone needs to have water stored!

  3. In addition to 1 gallon jugs filled with water and stashed various places in the house I have a 1,000 gallon covered water tank under my back porch and can draw water from it using and old fashioned hand operated cistern pump I purchased from Lehman’s for less that $50. I had this for years because, for me, droughts are a periodic fact of life in the Sierra foothills.

    Hangtown Frank

  4. Patty Kirby says:

    Are you aware of the emergency water in a can? Pure water guaranteed to stay fresh for 50 years. Easy to store and use as single serving 12 oz cans. http://Www.bluecanwater.com

  5. Terry says:

    Thank you so much for your input regarding the fittings for the 275 gallon tote. Would you mind sharing specifically what you used? My husband tried to use sprinkler fittings but it would not hold due to the water pressure. I appreciate any input you might have in helping us solve how to get the water out of the tote efficiently.

    • Anonymous says:

      Water pressure? That is measured at 1 pound per vertical foot if memory serves me. So 3 feet would be 3 pounds. A typical water main is about 55 or more.

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