Cheap Water Storage: Emergency Prep Quick Tip
Emergency Preparedness can be intimidating. There are so many good places to focus on, so many gadgets to try, so many important things to learn that it’s a wonder we get anything done. When I’m talking to a newbie, I usually encourage them to start at the basic three: shelter, water, and food. Food and shelter can cost a pretty penny, but did you know you can get water storage for next to nothing?
Recycling old 2-liter bottles is hands down the cheapest way to build your water storage. You can use any soda/juice 2-liter bottle as long as you give it a good wash with hot water and soup. If you want to be ultra careful, you can use a sanitizing bleach solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach to 1 quart of water (can be used to sanitize several bottles at a time). Simply swish, dump, and let dry before filling with water. I still treat my water with a bit of bleach when I store it, and I’ve found that an 8th of a teaspoon per 2-liter of has worked well.
A few things to note: only do this with 2-liter bottles designed for sodas. DON’T store drinking water in milk jugs, laundry detergent containers, or any other container unless you KNOW it is safe. Many of these containers (especially milk jugs) are not suitable for long term storage and can cause issues down the road. I don’t even store water in my soda bottles long term. I rotate them every 6 months or so. All that being said, that’s not a reason to automatically toss those other containers into the trash bin. But that’s another post.
So what is my favorite recycled water storage bottle? The 98 cent store brand seltzer water. It is the cheapest product on the shelf, healthier than traditional soda (especially when you add Thrive Fruit!), and when I remove the label, the empty bottles look pretty and stack nicely on the bottom of the book shelf in my kitchen!
Looking to upgrade your water storage from the bare basics to something more substantial and long term? Here are a few of my favorites:
- The standard 55-gallon blue drum; holds a ton, keeps light out and water in.
- Water Bricks; large enough to hold a bunch, small enough to be portable. Did I mention that they stack nicely?
- H20 Reserve: fairly inexpensive (>$10) and easy to fill and store.
- Adding a filtration system will GREATLY increase your emergency water supply. I especially like our new Katahyn Drip Ceradyn that can sit right on your counter!