Storing water is one of the corner stones of survival. Ensuring you and your family will have drinking water after a catastrophic event is vitally important. Protecting that water from contaminants, thieves (four-legged or two-legged), and other surprises is equally important.
Water can be stored in almost anything that’s clean and wasn’t used for something hazardous before. Although it’s easy to store water in most common household items, most things around the house won’t provide enough water store for you and your family for an extended period of time. If you’re not close to an everlasting water source like a river, stream or large lake, you’ll want to consider some extended water storage options.
A great option to consider are the common water storage tanks, shown above, which are available for sale at most farm/tack stores, and even some hardware stores. They’ll normally run between 300-750$ for tanks between 500 and 1500 gallons.
There are a few important things to note when using these or other similar products to store water, they are:
- You’ll want to make sure the tanks are completely sealed, as much as possible. Leaving open air to circulate in and out of the tank will increase algae growth.
- You’ll want to have some water purification tablets on hand to keep the water in the tank purified .
- You’ll want to keep the tank hidden from the sunshine to prevent algae growth.
- You may want to consider burying or hiding the tank to prevent theft and algae growth.
- Place the tank in a place that makes sense for use. If it’s a 5 minute walk from where you use water you’ll find it hard to defend and enjoy.
Water should save for a long period of time, but will deteriorate faster based on the chemical or technique you’re using to purify it, amount of sunlight, quality of the tank etc. You should always boil water stored for an extended period of time to kill any unwanted germs or bacteria that might have gotten into your tank.
If the real world situation has deteriorated to the point that you’re using a water storage tank you should be rationing the water, and using marks on the side of the tank to adequately predict the amount of water you and your family are using in a given time period. You should also have extra around in case of emergency or the chance that your supply line could be interrupted, and you should time your tank refills before the tank is completely empty.
Remember, in a survival situation water should not go to waste. You can use old bath water, or dish water in the garden, and take water used to boil food and reuse it as a broth, stew, or even a drink for family pets.