Best Water Storage Containers – Cheapest Solutions

(Last Updated On: January 12, 2018)

Water, of course is the most important item we are going to need to stock up on when preparing for a disaster or an emergency situation. We need it for drinking, cooking, bathing and for sanitation. If a disaster cuts off or contaminates our water supply, like in the situation that happened in Flint, Michigan, or in the flooding in Louisiana, we need to have our own supply ready.

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How much water do we need to store? Most authorities recommend at least 1 gallon per person per day. Here is the exact quote from the FEMA & American Red Cross pamphlet “Food and Water in an Emergency”:

“Having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority in an emergency. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts (half gallon) of water each day. People in hot environments, children, nursing mothers, and ill people will require even more. You will also need water for food preparation and hygiene. Store at least one gallon per person, per day. Consider storing at least a two-week supply of water for each member of your family. If you are unable to store this quantity, store as much as you can.”

At least 1 gallon per person per day for at least a two-week supply. Consider a family of four. That come out to a minimum of 56 gallons of water. That’s a lot of water to store!

We also have to assume that water is NOT being use to flush toilets! With the average person flushing 5 times a day, and the average toilet using about 3.5 gallons per flush (new toilets Federal standards are 1.6 gallons per flush), that’s from 8 to over 17 gallons per day per person!

How Do We Store That Much Water?

We know we need long term water storage containers when we are stocking up our home for surviving a disaster or emergency, but as newer “Preppers” we have a few questions.

What is the most economical way to store water?

What sizes do we need?

What are the best water storage containers available?

Here are some solutions to those questions.

What is the most economical way to store water?

Cases of bottled water are probably the easiest and most convenient way to store water, but for the long term probably the most expensive. Just compare the price of tap water vs. bottled water.

I like the convenience of a case of bottled water in my car or truck, but for stocking at home I prefer larger containers that I can simply fill from my faucet.

What sizes do we need?

5 Gallon:

5 Gallon containers are easy to handle and it is easy to find a place to store them. They are very commonly used by campers and are readily available.

Coleman 5-Gallon Water Carrier
Coleman 5-Gallon Water Carrier
Reliance Products Desert Patrol 6 Gallon Rigid Water Container
Reliance Products Desert Patrol 6 Gallon Rigid Water Container

I personally like the narrow style containers, as I find them a little easier to carry.

You may find the other style fits on (or under) your storage shelves better.

 

 

 

 

WaterBrick 8 Pack Water Storage Containers
WaterBrick 8 Pack
Water Storage Containers
5 Gallon Samson Stackers 8 Pack Water Storage Kit Includes 1 Spigot
5 Gallon Samson Stackers 8 Pack Water Storage Kit
Includes 1 Spigot

A couple of options available if you want to be able to stack your water carriers.

 

 

 

Avoid the clear “office cooler” style bottles. Stay with darker Food Grade Plastic containers that will better block light to inhibit bacterial growth.

Mid Sized Containers

Legacy 15 Gallon Emergency Water Storage Barrel
Legacy 15 Gallon Emergency Water Storage Barrel
20 Gallon Emergency Water Storage Barrel

A little easier way to store larger amounts of water without having multiple containers.

One of these full of water is perfect for a 2-week supply for1 person.

 

 

 

Another option if you know a disaster is coming, for example preparing for a hurricane, or knowing that flooding is imminent, you can throw one of these into your bathtub and fill with water to be ready!

WaterBOB
WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage
Aquapod Emergency Drinking Water Storage 2-65 gallon reservoirs
Aquapod Emergency Drinking Water Storage 2-65 gallon reservoirs

 

That’s an extra 65-100 gallons of drinking water storage. (And no need to clean your tub!)

 

 

 

Larger Storage Systems

Emergency Essentials 55 Gallon Water Barrel
Emergency Essentials            55 Gallon Water Barrel
Food Grade BPA Free Emergency Disaster 55-gallon Barrel Pump
Food Grade BPA Free Emergency Disaster 55-gallon Barrel Pump
260 Gallon Water Storage Tank
260 Gallon Water Storage Tank

 

Similar is size to a water heater, but hold a lot of water!

 

 

 

So, there are some great options for Emergency Water Storage Containers.

But as always, get started right away. Don’t wait until you can afford the huge storage tanks if that’s the way you want to go. Get a 5 gallon container and get it filled right away. You never know when disaster will strike.  You don’t want to be one of those heading to the store and hoping the shelves aren’t empty! (If you can even get to the store and deal with a bunch of desperate people).

Be sure to Leave a reply from the link at the beginning above. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Cheers,

David

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