Water Storage Your Personal Aquifers
How much precious water can you keep at hand? Do you have space for four gallons? a 30-gallon drum? And what in the blue heavens is a personal aquifer? Join us to talk about water storage and find some answers for these questions and provide information on having your person aquifers (I know a fancy word) at home or bug out location.
The Idea of a Personal Aquifers
That place which stores water for you to draw on when you want. No, not the faucet. It can be a drum, a few 24-bottle water cases, or those cool looking water bricks. An underground cistern or even that huge water bag, the WaterBob. That is your personal aquifer, life-giving, protected, and safe.
Even then, remember that you might have to triage the aquifer as part of your bug out plans. Don’t become attached to it, but attach healthy respect to its role. The aquifer holds a finite amount of water, that hydration math must be calculated as part of your plans as well. Ration as needed.
How Much Water Should You Store?
Your shelter-in-place, bug-out, and bug-out location plans will dictate how much water to store in theory. Water availability and storage space will dictate in real life. You need space for all your other preparedness goods, which is an internal conflict that you smooth out by planning. Some points to keep in mind:
- Number of people are in your plans
- Length of time water is needed in your plans
- Space dedicated to water storage
How Long Will Stored Water Keep?
That depends, but to quote an expert (producer) in bottled water, Poland Spring.
What is the shelf life of bottled water?
Never fear! You don’t have to worry about our bottled water going bad. (In other words, you don’t have to chug your water as soon as you get it — but don’t judge us if we do.) We do, however, have a “Best By” date to indicate when it may begin to lose its fresh spring taste. Just look for the letters “BB” (for “Best By”) one inch above or below the label, and depending on where your bottle was made, the date to the right of those letters will tell you when the water might start losing its distinctly fresh taste. And no one wants that.
The Whats and Wheres of Water Storage
Think in three dimensions, you will have to visualize the space taken by a cubic foot, for example, in order to understand the space that water takes up, especially if you live in an apartment in New York City and plan to Shelter-in-Place.
Drums and Smaller Containers
A 30-gallon drum is a great goal setter. These plastic containers are usually 36 inches high and 25 inches across (translates into a 25×25 footprint) This much space can be half of your closet. One of these drums will weight in excess of 240 pounds full, chances are you will not move them once full.
Prices vary greatly! The Amazon link is for comparison to anything you can find locally or through another website like SOS Survival Products 30-gallon drum (Which I found by googling for a cheaper price)
If you go for one of these, you will need a way to fill it in place and also dispense the water in the with a pump. Otherwise getting water out will be a pain in the butt, if it would be possible at all.
Smaller might be better
Smaller containers may be the way to go. A 5- or 7-gallon water cube provides storage flexibility. 6 of them around the apartment gives you the equivalent of an unwieldy drum. You also gain the added benefits of mobility and lose the need for a pump. I went with this option, and rotate two of them weekly.
Use FDA approved materials for whatever you are going to store your water in, the last thing you want is to discover that sweet stash of water you had went bad because you used some weird material.
Water Storage Your Personal Aquifers is the idea, tools, and processes that make it happen. You can use water bags, jerry cans, etc. The goal is for you to start storing some water.