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Storing Water Safely

Posted by imawheatwatcher on September 24, 2008

During times of serious emergency, the normal water supply to your home may be out or become so polluted that it is undrinkable. You will need to have some water stored to help you and your family survive until suitable water is available or a continuous source for purification is located.


  • Store two gallons, per person, per day, for 14 days (28 gal. per person.) This allows one gallon per day for drinking and one gallon for cooking and hygiene purposes.
  • Start with AT LEAST a 3 day supply per person (6 gal. per person.)
  • If there are family pets, include sufficient additional water for them.


  • Collect the water from a safe supply.
  • Check and possibly replace water every 6 months.
  • Water weighs 8 lbs. per gallon. Consider weight of filled container when deciding on storage location and before container is filled.
  • Store water only where potential leakage would not damage your home or apartment
  • Protect stored water from light and heat. Some containers may also require protection from freezing.
  • Do not store directly on cement. Use carpet, wood or another barrier between storage container and cement. Cement contains elements that will leech into plastic and water making it unsafe for drinking.
  • Seal containers tightly, label with date and store in a cool, dark place.
  • The taste of stored water can be improved by aerating it – pouring it back and forth between two containers.


  • Use only food-grade containers.
  • Store water in thoroughly washed plastic, fiberglass or metal containers that are lined with enamel.
  • Smaller containers made of PETE plastic or heavier plastic barrels, buckets or drums work well.
  • CLEAR 2 liter soda bottles also work well.
  • If you have water in colored plastic bottles, save it and use for washing only. Chemical dyes could leech into stored water and be harmful for humans.
  • Glass is a fairly effective container for storage and is non-permeable to vapors and gases.
  • Glass should not be the sole source of water storage since it is easily broken and may be damaged during an emergency event.
  • Clean, sanitize and thoroughly rinse all containers prior to use. A sanitizing solution can be prepared by adding 1 Tablespoon of liquid household chlorine bleach (5-6% hypochlorite) to one-gallon of water. Shake well, turning the container upside down to sanitize the cap. let stand for 1 minute, drain water. let the container air dry. Only household bleach without thickeners, scents or additives should be used.
  • Do not use plastic milk jugs (or similar containers), because they do not seal well and will become brittle over time.
  • Do not use containers previously used to store non-food products. Never reuse a container that contained toxic materials such as pesticides, solvents, chemicals, oil, antifreeze, etc.

Common Storage Containers
5 gallon clear jug – Easy to move, rotate and use. ($4.59 at Macey’s this week) You may also want to have a spigot ($.99 @ Macey’s this week.)5 gallon mylar bag/box – Bags are flexible, collapsible and extremely portable.
“Blue Barrel” available in 15, 30 and 55 gal. sizes – heavy duty, thick food-grade plastic. Efficient, effective, long term water storage. Restricts light and helps control growth of algae and bacteria. Can be expensive (55 gal. is $42 and 15 gal. is $25 @ Macey’s this week 9-23-08. Both EXCELLENT prices)
To use a blue barrel type container effectively, you will also need a bung wrench and a siphon hose or pump (pump is $7.49 @ Macey’s this week) to open and pump water out of container. You may also store these barrels on their side and purchase a hose bib to remove the water easily.

Bung Wrench, Siphon Hose , Siphon Pump

Sources: providentliving.org, simplylivingsmart.com, homelandsecurity.utah.gov and The Earthquake Lady handout.


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