For the budget minded.....Let's get creative about saving water.
- First of all DO NOT store your drinking water in plastic jugs that previously held a milk product. No matter how much you think you have washed and cleaned the inside, it can still hold bacteria that can make you sick and you do not want to be sick during a crisis.
- If you buy soda in cans, switch now to the 1 or 2 liter plastic bottles. It's less expensive to buy your soda this way and you will have a free water jug after you have drank your soda. Save your empty plastic juice containers, they make great water containers as well. When the bottles are empty, add some hot tap water put a drop or two or bleach in it (if desired but not necessary at this point), recap it and give it a good shake and pour it out or better yet...water a plant with it. Now fill it with fresh cold water and add your drops of plain Chlorine Bleach. (See How Much Below) , cap it, give it a shake and let it sit for 20 or 30 minutes. Take the cap off and give it a sniff. If you can detect the chlorine, it is ready to be capped, dated and put into your prep area. If you can't detect the chlorine add a few more drops. It is suggested that you keep this water for 6 months and then replenish it. If you can replenish it at that time, go ahead and do so. If you don't want to waste it. Use it for cooking, watering plants, rinsing dishes or whatever creative means you can think of. Just make sure you replenish your bottles and re-date them. If you need the water and it is older than 6 months it should still be good. If you are worried about it just boil it for a few minutes. Bottled water can be made to taste better by pouring it from one glass to another a couple of times. This adds oxygen back into the water.
1 liter- 4 drops
2 liter or 2 quarts -8 drops
1 gallon - 16 drops
The big guy found us some plastic 55 gallon drums that has a triangle with a #2 inside the triangle on the bottom. Anytime you see this symbol , you will know it is food grade plastic. Although these drums have stamped in the top, DO Not Use for Food or Beverage, we know they are safe as the labels had not been removed and they had held DR Pepper! With a quick cleaning of water and bleach we moved them to our front porch which is shaded all the time. We placed them side by side and filled them with fresh clean water and 1-1/2 cups of Chlorine Bleach per barrel. We then placed a 2 x 4 piece of plywood over the top. We have a piece of Hardie backer board and pieces of ceramic tile left over from our kitchen remodeling. When the weather warms up enough I plan on tiling the top. I had two old bar stools in the barn, I cleaned those up and placed them on each side of the barrels so we now have a patio table on the porch that serves a dual purpose. If you are a arts and craft type of person you could even paint these to look like wooden barrels. It's two late now to add a tap so we will keep a clean piece of hose for siphoning or maybe later will purchase a pump that fits these barrels to pump the water out. Check with a farm and garden center, feed store or even some plant nurseries for these barrels. Sometimes we have seen these for sale in the free papers you can pick up outside of some businesses. Most people will purchase these and cut in half for watering and feeding livestock or for large planters.
Please leave your comments on your creative ways you are storing water so we all may learn some new tips! We will discuss water filters and finding emergency water in another post.