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How do we store up water for a household of 6 people????? I NEED help?????????
Hi, I want to go buy emergency water, how do I do this and how much for 6 people for 6 months - a year?? Anyone can help, thank you sooo much!!!
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Concrete cistern.
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rain barrels
get foodgrade drums online craigslist
old pickle barrels etc. , run rainwater from your roof down funnel to the barrel, add x amount of bleach/or pool chlorine tablets are said to be better, google it
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Call one of the water companies and have them deliver the 5gallon jugs. I believe they run between $6-10 each. That is what I am going to do.
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In addition to water storage A good gravity filter would be on the top of My list. I have a berkey light filter system it can be purchased for around 200 dollars and can turn any water into drinking water. Rain pond river puddle. You are also going to need water for dishes laundry hand washing ect This can be stored in plastic milk jugs soda bottles any containers You have at Your disposal. A couple drops of bleach in each bottle will help kill any bacteria
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Call one of the water companies and have them deliver the 5gallon jugs. I believe they run between $6-10 each. That is what I am going to do.
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OH wow good idea, how long do those stay fresh and do they taste good/is it filtered ?
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1 gallon per person per day is the general rule of thumb
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you have water all round you. The Hot water heaters under the houses or inside have 50 to 100 gallons of water.(A drain at the bottom.

Put trash cans to collect rain and then raid the hot water heaters of the houses if something happens.

filter the water by:
Make a sand/rock/charcoal/sand filter
10-15 ml of bleach per gallon
distill it
Boifilter (like i used with my koi pond)
boiling it
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start filling up plastic utility bags (the thick black ones) with tap water. Put the full bags in pillow cases, and store in a closet, attic, crawl space, etc....

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FILTER. An OTC filter available at Wal-Mart is better than nothing....
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I bought a 425 gallon tank from Southern States for $280.
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Hi, I want to go buy emergency water, how do I do this and how much for 6 people for 6 months - a year?? Anyone can help, thank you sooo much!!!
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It's called a "Water Bob" and it fits in a bath tub....we use them here for hurricanes, but they can be used to indefinitely store water, if you're willing to give-up a tub...or you can use a wash-tub and put the storage bladder in there:

[link to www.waterbob.com]

Either that, or get yourself some poly 55 gallon drums (food grade) and store that way, but make sure you use purification techniques before and during storage, or you'll really get sick when you drink.
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[link to www.amazon.com]
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Water Bob's cost about $25.00 each.
Put one in each bathtub and fill them up.

Aquapods work well also.

AC beat me to it!

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1 gallon per person per day is the general rule of thumb
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Unless you plan on bathing then its three gallons per day per person
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Concrete cistern.
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Long term this^ is the best idea. Water is heavy. A cistern is a deliberately constructed structure to gather rainwater and then if above ground, the pressure generated will act to produce a force in order to drip irrigate it to water crops or a way to deliver it for drinking or cooking or occasionally bathing.

A well will be a long-term prep in order to provide drinking water in seasons when it doesn't rain.

A shallow point well is dug down as much as 25 feet, and many people can use this method in an emergency but you still need to purify it with a biosand filter. If there's a collapse, if your neighbors are improperly disposing of waste or fecal matter, then they might contaminate your well.

A safer method is a deeper well for better security, but still in a collapse neighbors might contaminate it. If one is wise, a deep well will be dug as a community activity to produce regular amounts of water safely versus rainwater harvesting, but still usually a biosand filter is used to ensure safety from coliform bacteria.

In a collapse you'll have issues with agriculture and sanitation from chemical fertilizers, manure, animals raised nearby, etc.

If you merely need water storage, then you might visit a tractor supply or country store that sell water storage for agricultural use. They can be expensive. For example in my area, a 3,000 gallon tank costs ~$1800 USA. Any tank of that size will be very heavy (25,036 pounds). This means carefully planning for a base to support it.

A family of four would need about 2 gallons a day, without considering washing themselves but keeping up with drinking and some cleaning.
4 x 2 gallons x 180 days (six months average)= 1440 gallons. You can see how 3,000 could easily be used with some very brief showers, probably heated in black painted 55 gallon drums in hot seasons, or some heated by wood fires.

For similar information see:
Thread: Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF

There I discuss a lot of issues about things like how to gather water and purify it. It might save you a lot of time and prevent wasted effort.
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filter your pee like kevin costner in water world
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Re: How do we store up water for a household of 6 people????? I NEED help?????????
If you drink soda/fizzy drinks, use the 2 liter drinking bottles. They have to be stored in a dark place to prevent algae growth.

I have three milk crates of those for when the well stops pumping - the water stays fresh and unlike the plastic milk containers, the clear plastic bottles don't rupture or degrade.

55 gallon white plastic food grade milk barrels are often sold via dairy's/milk processors occasionally.

These are typically used. Around here they sell for $10.00 each.

The trick with these is to rinse them, then fill them with 2 cups of bleach in them. Let sit over night, then drain.

I painted ours with paint on truck bed liner: [link to www.walmart.com]

I used sponge rollers and put on a couple of thick coats on the outside of the barrel. This seals out the light and the barrel can be stored outside full of water.

I have 4 of these barrels which store fresh water. Once a year I dump out the old water (into the swimming pool) and refill and use 2 teaspoons unscented bleach (Clorox type liquid bleach).

I also have two others that I have made funnels and have them under the downspouts of the patio roof, thus I can capture rain water for use around the property for watering.

Rain water needs to be filters through a sand and charcoal filter for drinking purposes. More often than not rain water carries down filth out of the air and is brownish in color - not something you want to drink right away.

How much water do you need per person? At least 2 quarts of drinking water per person per day. This is only drinking. If you are including cooking, then it should be 4 quarts per person. Which is to say a gallon.

Thus for 6 people for 180 days you are going to need 180 gallons of water per person, or 1080 gallons, if you are doing 55 gallon drums that means 19.65 drums, or 20 drums.

Yes that is a lot of water.

And that doesn't include washing dishes and laundry and bathing...
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Re: How do we store up water for a household of 6 people????? I NEED help?????????
Been storing water for years
Count on 1 gal per person per day to drink
PLUS for your cooking needs
PLUS for hygiene, cleaning, laundry

I use
1- rAinwater collection
2- 55 gal drums I buy on e or twice a month
3- since we drink a lot of milk, I rinse out milk jugs with vinegar water, let it dry. Fill with tap water and store. These jugs can eventually leak so use these first
4- I also buy aquatIners on the weeks I don't get the drum (all can get expensive)
5- and every time I go shopping always get water and toilet paper.

You should have 3 means of purifying the water too
Katadyn filter, Brita filter,
Charcoal filters
Bleach

I have been using my stored water, and because it is chlorinated have never had any problems


Also think about freezing water in gallon zip bags in case you will need temporary refrigeration

Make a list of things you can fill water with when shif...buckets, sinks, tub, coolers, plastic lined clean garbage cans.....

JUST DO IT NOW
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We built an indoor koi pond..my fish love it..and it holds 1400 gallons. Made from wood, plywood and pond liner.
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Re: How do we store up water for a household of 6 people????? I NEED help?????????
rain barrels
get foodgrade drums online craigslist
old pickle barrels etc. , run rainwater from your roof down funnel to the barrel, add x amount of bleach/or pool chlorine tablets are said to be better, google it
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This might be good for clean rain water, but it won't kill all parasites, toxic chemicals or radiation!
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Hi, I want to go buy emergency water, how do I do this and how much for 6 people for 6 months - a year?? Anyone can help, thank you sooo much!!!
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Swimming pool.
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Re: How do we store up water for a household of 6 people????? I NEED help?????????
you have water all round you. The Hot water heaters under the houses or inside have 50 to 100 gallons of water.(A drain at the bottom.

Put trash cans to collect rain and then raid the hot water heaters of the houses if something happens.

filter the water by:
Make a sand/rock/charcoal/sand filter
10-15 ml of bleach per gallon
distill it
Boifilter (like i used with my koi pond)
boiling it
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This, also fill up any bathtubs you have.
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Re: How do we store up water for a household of 6 people????? I NEED help?????????
Call one of the water companies and have them deliver the 5gallon jugs. I believe they run between $6-10 each. That is what I am going to do.
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OH wow good idea, how long do those stay fresh and do they taste good/is it filtered ?
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Many of the company websites will tell you how long but they are sealed so I would say pretty much for years.
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Call one of the water companies and have them deliver the 5gallon jugs. I believe they run between $6-10 each. That is what I am going to do.
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OH wow good idea, how long do those stay fresh and do they taste good/is it filtered ?
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Many of the company websites will tell you how long but they are sealed so I would say pretty much for years.
They also have choices of what type of water you can buy.
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Hi, I want to go buy emergency water, how do I do this and how much for 6 people for 6 months - a year?? Anyone can help, thank you sooo much!!!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1539806


For drinking, food prep, hygiene, etc you should figure, 13 gallons per person per day for periods of 6 months or more.
Thus about 14,000 gallons for 6 people for 6 months.

If you are considering only safe drinking water, then about 1 gallon per person per day or about 1,100 gallons for 6 people for 6 months.
This still must be supplemented to include water for the other uses. Unless this water is properly treated it will contaminate your food preparation and hygiene.

Refugee camps consider a bare minimum of 5.5 gallons per person a day for all uses, is required for survival.
Thus about, 6,000 gallons for 6 people for 6 months. I would not recommend trying to live for more than 3 months under these tight water conditions.

Double these figures for a year.
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Hi, I want to go buy emergency water, how do I do this and how much for 6 people for 6 months - a year?? Anyone can help, thank you sooo much!!!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1539806


drill a well. If your city has no ordinance on well drilling in city limits, nows the time to do it.
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Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. Same applies to water. Learn to source and filter it. Well, river, rain catch, whatever. Store a reasonable amount of pottable water for immediate use, but know how to get more and make it drinkable.
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Best ya get a couple of 500 gallon tanks , sure hope you not in a city. I've used almost 10 gallon of fuel oil this year and elec. is down to less than 75.00 per mo. I;ve got a hand pump for te well plus gen. for frezzers
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Concrete cistern.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 23524705

Long term this^ is the best idea. Water is heavy. A cistern is a deliberately constructed structure to gather rainwater and then if above ground, the pressure generated will act to produce a force in order to drip irrigate it to water crops or a way to deliver it for drinking or cooking or occasionally bathing.

A well will be a long-term prep in order to provide drinking water in seasons when it doesn't rain.

A shallow point well is dug down as much as 25 feet, and many people can use this method in an emergency but you still need to purify it with a biosand filter. If there's a collapse, if your neighbors are improperly disposing of waste or fecal matter, then they might contaminate your well.

A safer method is a deeper well for better security, but still in a collapse neighbors might contaminate it. If one is wise, a deep well will be dug as a community activity to produce regular amounts of water safely versus rainwater harvesting, but still usually a biosand filter is used to ensure safety from coliform bacteria.

In a collapse you'll have issues with agriculture and sanitation from chemical fertilizers, manure, animals raised nearby, etc.

If you merely need water storage, then you might visit a tractor supply or country store that sell water storage for agricultural use. They can be expensive. For example in my area, a 3,000 gallon tank costs ~$1800 USA. Any tank of that size will be very heavy (25,036 pounds). This means carefully planning for a base to support it.

A family of four would need about 2 gallons a day, without considering washing themselves but keeping up with drinking and some cleaning.
4 x 2 gallons x 180 days (six months average)= 1440 gallons. You can see how 3,000 could easily be used with some very brief showers, probably heated in black painted 55 gallon drums in hot seasons, or some heated by wood fires.

For similar information see:
Thread: Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF

There I discuss a lot of issues about things like how to gather water and purify it. It might save you a lot of time and prevent wasted effort.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1110734

You underestimate your water needs and will die from dehydration.
The Standard is 1 Gallon per person per day, just for drinking, to avoid dehydration. More if you are in a hot climate or working outside.

The minimum in refugee camps is 5.5 gallons for all water uses, per person, per day.
So a family of four would need about 4,000 gallons for basic water needs for 6 months.
This is about as low as a person can go, without risking dehydration, or sickness and death.
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Re: How do we store up water for a household of 6 people????? I NEED help?????????
you have water all round you. The Hot water heaters under the houses or inside have 50 to 100 gallons of water.(A drain at the bottom.

Put trash cans to collect rain and then raid the hot water heaters of the houses if something happens.

filter the water by:
Make a sand/rock/charcoal/sand filter
10-15 ml of bleach per gallon
distill it
Boifilter (like i used with my koi pond)
boiling it
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Good reminders!

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