Long Term Water Storage
Emergency Water storage is a topic that most survivalists are pretty familiar with; unfortunately few of them actually have a long term water plan. Considering the importance of water, it always surprises that survival minded people don’t take the topic more seriously.
Anyone who is prepping for a long term survival situation needs to have a good emergency water storage solution. This solution should not only allow you to store large amounts of water, but is should also allow you to capture and filter water from multiple sources.
How can you safely store water?
Your storage containers will depend on the amount of space that you have to work with. With any type of water storage, you’ll want to put your containers in a cool dark area that does not receive direct sunlight.
Water Bottles – When looking for water bottles, you need to find ones that are made out of high quality food-grade materials. I would advice against using ordinary milk jugs, as they don’t last as long as other bottles, and are almost impossible to completely clean.
I have found that ordinary 2 liter soda bottles are a good, inexpensive option for water storage. They are small, easy to tuck away, and can be easily carried in a backpack when staying in one place is not an option.
Water Barrels – 55 Gallon Water barrels are a pretty common option for survivalists, and they should be pretty easy to find. These barrels are usually blue, (this is more of a safety thing that lets you know water is stored inside) and are made with heavy duty food grade plastic materials.
Tanks and Cisterns – Another popular option for storing water, is a freestanding tank or cistern. These tanks are popular in rural areas that don’t have access to public water utilities.
While these types of containers may be to big for some, they offer the added benefit of being able to catch rain water by hooking them up to your rooftop gutter systems. If you can afford to install a roof catchment system, this is an excellent option for long term survival retreats, and it can really go a long way to solving a lot of your water problems.
Emergency Water Storage for Apartment Preppers -
Having a large supply of water can be difficult for those living in an apartment. While some of the options above may not be feasible, there are a couple of things that you can do to prepare.
2 liter bottles - As mentioned above, these bottles make great containers for storing water. I would fill up as many as you can and tuck them in your closets, under your beds, and in any other cool dark spaces that you have available.
The Water BOB – We came across the WaterBob a couple of years ago and thought it was a great emergency option for people who live in apartments. Heck, it’s even good for those who just want to add a little bit of water to their supplies at the last minute.
The WaterBob holds up to 100 gallons of water, is made with heavy duty food grade plastic, and will keep your water fresh and clean during a disaster.
Knowing where to find water during an emergency – Make sure you check out our article on urban water sources. It’s always a good idea to know where you can obtain water during an emergency situation.
Long Term Water Needs – You need a way to find and filter water.
Storing water is great, but should the day come when you run through your supplies you are going to need a way to find and filter your water.
The finding part is going to be largely up to you. I advise mapping out as many local watering holes as you can find before a disaster hits. Knowing where these natural sources are will be your lifeline if things go bad.
Filtering Your Water
In my opinion, a water filter is one of the most important pieces of gear you can carry. Without water, your pretty much screwed. There are a number of quality water filters on the market, but there are a couple that you might want to consider first.
Berkey Water Filter – The Berkey Water Purification System is a popular filter in the survivalist community. The Berkey can remove viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts, and can even filter out chemicals. Click here to check out the Berkey Filter on Amazon
Hiking Filters – One of the best portable water filters that I have found is the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter. While this is one of the more expensive hiking filters on the market, it is also the most reliable. This little filter can handle over 13,000 gallons of water and will filter all microorganisms larger than 0.2 microns. It’s small size makes it easily fit into any bugout bag or survival kit. Click here to check out the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter
Good Quality Pots – Another thing you should consider is a good quality stainless steal pot for boiling water. While it will not remove chemicals, boiling water is probably the most effective way of killing viruses and pathogens.