Because I live in an area that receives a decent amount of rainfall throughout the year I keep my water storage plan simple – I have ten, five-gallon containers bought at Walmart in the sporting goods department a 200 gallon rainwater catchment system and another 55 gallon food grade barrel that I have put in place to catch water off of the room of my chicken coop – I use this water to water my chickens, but of course if needed I could filter and drink it too.
If you live in one of the drier desert regions, water would be a major concern and that may necessitate the storage of thousands of gallons of water for an emergency. How much that you store will depend on where you are and the amount of rainfall that you receive…
A rainwater catchment can be as dedicated as the one pictured below, or as simple as purchasing a livestock watering tank or kiddie pools, and catching the water from your down-spouts, or the rain as it falls. You can also rig up tarps or plastic sheeting, to funnel the rain water into containers.
Don’t store water in used five gallon milk jugs. They’re not strong enough for long-term storage and eventually will breakdown and leak. The five gallon containers sold in the sporting goods section of most department stores work great, as do the 55 gallon food-grade plastic drums.
Just be sure the drums are clean and contained no harmful chemicals before filling. If you must use small containers, empty 2-liter soda bottles work well. They are stronger than the aforementioned milk jugs, and have better lids and are more convenient to use.
A Note about Tap Water for Long-Term Storage
If you’re storing tap water from a municipal water system there’s usually no need to add chlorine bleach as suggested by some. Water from the municipal tap already contains enough chlorine and or other chemicals to thwart any bacterial growth and can be stored without any other additives.
When putting water away for long-term storage instead of using bleach, I use a Water Preserver Concentrate that will extent the storage life to up to five years, instead of using chlorine bleach.
Choosing the Right Retreat Property to Ensure Water Independence
When buying a retreat property your first consideration should be a reliable, non-grid dependent, water source nearby. The best source would be a deep-well (have it tested before using, especially if it’s an old well), next best would be a full-time spring, next would be a river or cheek, and last a pond or lake all water from ponds, rivers and streams, should always be treated as if it is contaminated with the worst pathogens because it probably is…
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