You’ve just suffered a major disaster. Your home is intact and spared of any structural damage, but the water and power are out. News reports say that the electrical grid in your area is completely down, the mains are broken completely, and it is estimated that it’s going to take crews and technicians at least one week to get the water back up and running.
In this scenario, you need to have enough drinking water to last you at least a week, but chances are, you don’t have any storage of fresh water. Not many people plan for disaster to strike, so you can’t be blamed.
We’re going to show you some ways that you can store water in the long-term so that you have enough for those disastrous times. Read on for more.
Two-Week Water Storage Solutions
So, you’re going to start accumulating your emergency supply of water. You are going to need a safe container to store the fresh water in, and a general rule of thumb is to use bottles that are made from food-safe plastic. Using glass containers and bottles will also suffice, as long as they have not been used to store non-food products.
You could also use stainless-steel containers, but then you aren’t going to be able to treat the stored water with chlorine, as the chemical will damage the steel, causing rust to pollute the water. Regardless of how you choose to store your water, you must ensure that the container can be sealed. The last thing you want is parasites and bacteria to contaminate your drinking water.
Water Bottles from the Store
This is by far the easiest way to get your hands on a lot of water, but it is also one of the most expensive methods. Buying pre-packaged bottles of water from your local store will ensure that you have access to water that is sealed, clean, and stored in food-grade plastic, which can be used later.
Additionally, bottled water is easy to transport, which is very useful if you need to move around. It’s a great option if you live in a home with limited space – all you need to do is buy some packages and store them under the bed. One package of 35 water bottles will provide you with almost 5 gallons, which is enough water to last a single person four days. For two weeks of water, just buy two packages.
7-Gallon Jugs of Water
If you are someone who camps regularly, you may already have a couple of plastic water jugs in your garage. They are made from durable, food-grade plastic, which is generally dark blue to restrict light and prevent the growth of algae. They can usually be stacked, making them relatively easy to store, even when space is limited. Their relatively small size also makes them easy to transport, in case you need to move around.
One Month + Water Storage Solutions
If you have the space and you are looking to store your water for at least a month or more, then you should definitely consider investing in one or two 55-gallon water barrels. They are made from sturdy plastic that will not contaminate the water, and the bungs that are often at the top can be sealed exceptionally tightly to prevent water contamination.
The plastic used to make these barrels is free of BPA and is resistant to UV radiation. Two 55-gallon barrels can provide a family of four with around 4 weeks of water, making this a fantastic solution for storing water in the long term. Of course, these barrels are not without their downsides.
For starters, they take up quite a lot of space. If you live in a small apartment, then chances are you won’t have nearly enough room for a 55-gallon barrel of water. Secondly, they are also rather expensive, and you will have to fork out about $90 for one of them.
Lastly, they are not very easy to move around, especially once they’ve been filled up with water. A full 55-gallon barrel of water will weigh 440lbs. If space is limited, and you plan on moving around, then you’re going to want a more portable option.
The Water Freedom System
We’ve discussed the Water Freedom System by Chris Burns a few times before, but it’s also worth including here. The system is based on the devices used in the military sector by armed forces in seven countries, which produces drinking water in conflict zones. Often, the device is used in some of the hottest, driest parts of the world, including the desert.
The device is based on the simple condensation principle. It works by pulling in humid air and cooling it down, the same way an air conditioner does, but far more efficiently. The condensation is then transformed into drinking water, and the device is able to produce 60 gallons of water each day.
The version that Chris developed, with some help from his uncle, can produce 20 gallons of water daily. He wanted the Water Freedom System to be both easy to assemble and extremely cheap to make. Based on these criteria, he was able to create the device using only $270 worth of materials from Home Depot.
All you need to create your own Water Freedom System is the manual, which gives you all of the instructions you need. Once you’ve made your own device, you will be able to live completely off the water grid, permanently.
This is a fantastic solution for disaster situations where water may be scarce, as it can provide you with more than enough reliable drinking water every day to survive until things return to normal. It’s also a great way to help your community, who would also be struggling to get by on the scarce amount of water.
It’s never too late to prepare for a disaster. We hope that, if you ever have to survive in a disaster situation, these solutions will help you get through it.