Without a doubt, water collection, storage and sanitation should be at the very top of your prepping list.
Though you can go up to 3 weeks without food, you won’t last much longer than 3 days without water and you’ll be in bad shape way before that.
We’ve spent hours combing the web for some of the best DIY projects water projects and put together a top 10 list for you.
1. Water Barrel Storage Rack
Storing more than a couple 55 gallon drums of water is a space issue for most people but this simple guide walks you through the process of building a wall unit that will hold seven drums efficiently.
This handy tutorial comes with detailed plans and pictures so that even the newest of DIYers can get this project done. The toughest part is cutting the wood to the right lengths and the biggest expense is the wood, assuming you already have the drums.
If you’re a bit handy or want to take the time to figure out the numbers to scale this project up or down, you can modify this to suit your need for more or less storage space or smaller barrels.
2. Build Your Own Rain Barrel
Even if you have to buy the plastic drum and all of the plumbing and lumber (but who does that?), you can build this rain barrel for less than $100. The guy that wrote the article actually offered some alternate ways to use this along with different plans.
For instance, if you only want to catch water from a downspout, you can just drill a hole in the barrel and run a piece of pipe from your downspout to your barrel.
If you want to get a bit more complicated and make it so that you can use a hose to get the water out, there are detailed directions for doing it.
3. Plastic Water Bottle Filter
Water purification tabs are great for killing the germs in your water, but you also have to worry about heavy metals, trace pharmaceuticals and chemicals such as pesticides.