Thursday, September 11, 2008

Water Review

Well, we've come to the end of our water series. As I've read over the series, it looks like we have covered the most important aspects of water storage. Keep it in a cool, dark place and don't forget to purify it if you need to. The most important thing, however, is to HAVE IT! Please, please don't neglect to store water. Water is more important than food!

Finally, I wanted to share these pictures with you (above). Someone left a comment about these a couple of weeks ago, and then last week I saw a pile of them at a friend's house, so I just had to get one. I got this 7-gallon Aqua-Tainer at Walmart and it was about $8. That's a little steep for my budget since we will need about 8 of these (for 2 weeks of water), but if we buy them one at a time we'll eventually have what we need. So, there's one option for you.

I hope that by now you have at least SOME water stored up. Remember, ideally you need to store 2 weeks of water, and AT LEAST 1 gallon per person per day. If you have any more questions about water, please feel free to email us or to comment on any of our posts!


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Ann Marie said...

I'm not sure if you knew this or not ( since I have just started new here ) but if you are in Utah ( maybe other states would have it also ) Coca-Cola has the huge 55 gallon water barrels for free. You have to pick them up and clean them yourself ( or you'll have syrup residue in them ) but I have the info, # and it was easier than I thought. We got 5 of them, and they are filled!

If anyone has any interest, you can e-mail me through my blog, and I can give you the number. They look like the typical blue ones, but are white.

Hannah said...

Wendy - thanks, we are so flattered! Your site looks great as well.

Ann Marie - WOW! I am so jealous. We don't live in Utah, but that's good for many of our readers to know. I'm sure that if we look around, we could find a similar deal in our area. Thanks for the information! We'll have to mention that in a post sometime.

BWei said...

There is a Shasta plant near Atlanta, and my sister-in-law got a used root beer barrel (similar to the previous post) there and rinsed it out. Just FYI.

Heffalump said...

Getting all of them at once is steep for us too. We have a goal to just buy one each month and add on to our water storage that way. We also keep a case or two of bottled water in the car for on trips and emergencies and such as well.

Anonymous said...

I am getting ready to buy some blue 55 gallon water barrels for just $10.00 each. I'm not sure if they are safe though. They had fruit juice in them previously. I know FEMA recommends not using plastic milk containers or cardboard juice containers. Do you know much about this? What would be your recommedation. Many church wards have purchased them in bulk... I assume they are safe, but don't want to be wrong.

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

We have used barrels from Heinz for our water storage. We cut & used the 55 gallon drums for rain barrels. We also used the 30 gallon drums for rain barrels & for storing our rice & spelt berries (we have a Celia daughter).

We kept the 15 gallon size for water as it was something I knew I &/or the kids could easily move to utilize in an emergency.

In fact, we need to find a source for barrels again here in Nevada as we donated all of ours to a neighbor when we moved from Michigan.

My understanding on safety, is that vinegar & syrups that were non-corrosive are okay. Cola syrups were NOT okay because they will literally eat through the plastic barrels eventually. (Lovely that people put that in their bodies, isn't it?) There are other ingredients that are used to make Coke products that are NOT corrosive that would be okay for water storage. Just remember to check the barrel. If what was in it is corrosive, it will be required to say so on the barrel.