Water storage should be a top priority on your preps list! No matter what the crisis may be water will be a necessity. If you don’t have a source of clean water you will need to store it. You can use jars, bottles, buckets, and barrels for your water storage. If you have creeks, rivers ponds you will need filters for your water. If you have a good well and the power fails you will need a way to pump the water.
Water Storage Basics
You will need a minimum of one gallon of water per day for each member of your family or group. So a family of 4 would need 1,460 gallons of water for one year. That is a lot of water and at 8.34 pounds per gallon a lot of weight 12,176.4 pounds. Use our water calculation chart to find your water storage needs.
You can’t store that amount of water in your attic. You are going to need a good foundation or outdoor storage. Basements are great for storing water almost all have a solid foundation and are cool during summer months.
Outdoor water storage can be done above or below ground. The tanks in the photo below are used to store water pumped from our well. We use it for irrigation however in an emergency it is potable.
Here are some links for above and below ground Water Storage Tanks
If you are using a well and your pump quits these Manual Well Pumps could come in handy.
Other Water Storage Options
A word about water filtration
If you are planning to use water from a source like lakes, rivers, or ponds you will need water filtration systems.
So for that reason, we have included some here.
LifeStraw is the award-winning personal water filter, designed to provide you with safe, clean drinking water when you need it. The ideal water filter for hiking & camping, travel, emergency preparedness & survival, LifeStraw makes most contaminated or suspect water safe to drink.
LifeStraw Family, the award-winning and internationally recognized water filter & purifier, is now available in North America. The LifeStraw Family is a point-of-use microbiological water purifier capable of removing viruses, bacteria, and protozoa (parasites) to protect against waterborne diseases. It filters up to 18,000 liters of water, enough to supply clean drinking water for a family of five for up to three years
The versatile Big Berkey® system is the ideal water filtration system for use at home with small or medium sized families, travel, outdoor activities or during unexpected emergencies. Includes one set of Black Berkey Elements. Free Shipping in the USA, but we cannot ship to California or Iowa.
Includes 2 Black Berkey Elements
Serves 1 – 4 People
Holds approx 2.25 Gallons
in conclusion here are some additional links you might find useful