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By Theresa Crouse – SurvivoPedia

One of the things that we as preppers and homesteaders are most proud of is using what we have on hand. If everybody operated like we did, there would be a lot less waste on the planet, and a lot more creativity. We re-use and repurpose so many items that we’ve taken it to an art form, so why not do the same with our water storage containers?

Sure, you can buy the fancy water containers at your local Walmart or Target, but they’re expensive and you’re not much bang for your buck. Why not reuse something that you’ve already paid for and are just going to throw away anyway?

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: 8 Tips On Reusing Containers For Water Storage



By Ken Jorgustin

Awhile ago, I had researched and checked reviews while looking for a good quality heavy duty drinking water storage container, one that I could use while camping or RV’ing, and one which I could feel comfortable with keeping a number of them in the house for backup while also being able to handle it for bug-out, etc., (water is heavy). Here’s what I settled on…


Reliance Aqua-Tainer Rigid Water Container

I settled on the Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container.


7-Gallons Water Storage

One reason for choosing this particular container was it’s larger-than-typical size, 7 gallons. Although I was initially looking for a 5-gallon heavy duty water container (40-pounds filled), I can still handle this 7-gallon container at 56-pounds filled (water weighs 8 pounds a gallon). Having 7 gallons provides a one-week supply at the recommended water storage of 1-gallon per person per day.

Spigot Design

I like this one because of its spigot design which uniquely fits inside the cap for storage, which prevents it from becoming lost and is protected from damage while in storage or transit. The silicone O-ring seal prevents any splash or drips while snug. Reversing the spigot for normal operation is simple, and the water flow spigot lever feels heavy duty and doesn’t drip.

Wide Mouth Water Opening

I also like this model water container because of its wide mouth opening, making it easier for filling and practical for dipping into – or getting in there to clean it; it just seemed like a better idea than a small opening and cap.

Heavy Duty Material

It’s heavy duty material is the final reason I chose the Reliance model Aqua-Tainer water container. After having purchased these, I can vouch for the fact that the food-grade plastic is thick and sturdy.

Here are a few photos showing how the spout fastens to the inside of the cap, and how simple it is to switch it to the outside of the cap for use.

Water should be your number-one priority for prepping.

In addition to knowing how to purify water, you should also have a good drinking water filter and drinking water storage.

Even if you live nearby a water source, you will still need to..Continue Reading at Modern Survival Blog: Practical, Potable, Drinking Water Storage Container

california drought preparedness

By Tara Dodrill

The record-setting winter water drought in California is cause for concern for not just locals, but for many Americans.

Approximately two-thirds of California has been deemed in the midst of either a “severe” or “exceptional” drought. Nine percent of the state is now considered “exceptionally dry.” The California drought is the worst such event since 1977.

California cities and institutions have resorted to “exceptional measures” to deal with drought issues. Mandatory water restrictions have now become the norm in the state. Some environmental experts are worried that the California area drought could cause the extinction of several animal species. In Santa Cruz, residents rely on rainfall and not imported water or mountain runoff to fill their taps.

During the California drought residents are not allowed to fill swimming pools or hot tubs, and restaurants are being urged to stop serving water unless the guests specifically request it with their meal.

But what can off-the-gridders and homesteaders do to prepare for a drought? Experts contacted by Off The Grid News said there are several options that will work for keeping not only people but also gardens alive.

Said bestselling preparedness author Rick Austin:

We had a 6-week drought here in Western North Carolina last summer with unbearable heat and humidity but no rain. My Secret Garden of Survival  [natural gardening style] did fine because the plants are perennials with deeper roots than annual vegetable garden, and because the berms, that my plants sit on, naturally stored water underground, where the perennial plants could reach it.  Even though the top soil was dusty and dry after six weeks without rain, my garden was lush and green with no loss of crops as opposed to my neighbors’ gardens that lost everything.

I also have an 11,000-gallon duck pond that is uphill from my garden so I could have used some of that if I needed to, to water crops using gravity feed and regular garden hoses. In addition, I have rainwater catchment tanks on every corner of every building on my property, so I can store water for me, for my livestock and for my garden if need be. In fact, my family and my livestock lived off the rainwater tanks for two weeks when my submersible pump went out and had to be replaced. If we had not had the backup of rainwater catchment, we would have been up a dried up creek without a paddle.

Austin said he also has used gray water diverted from his home to a greenhouse to keep plants alive.

Use this as a potting medium, insecticide, or even a household substance…without dangerous chemicals!

Off grid living expert Scott Hunt said:

The key to beating a drought has always been storage. Water storage can make the difference between a harvest or crop failure, life or death. There are many methods to storing water. Digging reservoirs or ponds to collect the water when it does rain.  Having buried cisterns will beat the effects of evaporation that accompany drought conditions. Using 55-gallon drums of treated water in your home can be a huge blessing when the tap runs dry or the source has been contaminated.

On January 31 the California Water Resources Department said that the agency was not allocating any water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to local water departments – for the first time in the history of the state. The snowpack in California is just 12 of the average for this time period. Rain and snowmelt fed the river delta, making it the largest single source of water for the 25.4 million acres of farmland and 38 million people in the state.

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District was built to supply water to 19 million people in Southern California. Customers have been asked to reduce their consumption by 20 percent. Unfortunately, when such warnings are issued, people panic and actually begin massive storing or hoarding. The ongoing ammo shortage is a prime example of the common reaction to a reduction of availability of an item. Ammunition is a highly essential item for both self-defense and hunting for off-the-grid and prepper families – but water is a necessity for everyone.

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This article first appeared at Off The Grid News: How To Prepare For And Survive Even The Worst Drought

Once the prepping bug hits, it is easy to want to go for it.  You know what I mean:  Let’s do it and let’s do it all Right Now!

There are some problems with this.  First there are time constraints and second there is money and budget issues.  But the biggest problem and undoubtedly the one that is overlooked in the initial flurry of readiness preparations, is that without reasonable care and thought given to the process, the tasks and the actual products involved, you can make some costly mistakes.  I say this from experience.  In my haste to get “stocked up” I bought gear that I don’t like and will never use.  I purchased foodstuffs I will never eat.  Jeesh.

Stupid stupid stupid of me.  I should have taken my time, done my research, and made a well thought out and educated decision before I even got started.

Today I would like to help you break down the overwhelming task of emergency preparation by providing  you with a month by month calendar of things to do, tasks to complete and items to purchase.  For the newbies, this gives you a manageable number of things to do in a short period of time.  Instead of looking at a task list 10 pages long, you have a short list that is eminently doable in 30 days or less.

And for the more experienced prepper?  You can start with month #1, look at the activities and tasks involved and fill in any gaps you may have in your own preparation.  In some cases you may see a need to update or rotate what you have on hand and in others, you may find the need to practice a particular skill.

I love lists.  So bear with me as I present a readiness calendar to guide your through twelve months of prepping.  Hopefully you will find that one month’s work is not too costly, not too time-consuming and not too difficult.  The most difficult part as I see it will be getting off your bum and starting.

So let’s do it!



  • Water-3 gallons per person and per pet
  • Hand-operated can opener and bottle opener
  • Canned meat, stew, or pasta meals – 5 per person
  • 2 flashlights with batteries


  • Inventory the disaster supplies you already have on hand, including your camping gear
  • If you fill your own water containers, mark them with the date they were filled
  • Date cans of food and food containers if you have not already done so



  • Canned vegetables – 4 per person
  • Toilet paper – 3 rolls per person
  • Sanitary napkins – 2 months’ supply
  • Instant drinks (coffee, tea, powdered soft drinks)
  • Family sized first aid kit


  • Change the batteries  and test your smoke detectors.  Purchase and install smoke detectors if you don’t have them
  • Make an inventory of home contents for insurance purposes. Take photographs (digital are easiest) of your house and contents. Store a copy away from your home.



  • Canned fruits – 3 cans per person
  • Any foods for special dietary needs (enough for 3 days)
  • A large plastic tub or bin for storage of food and other emergency supplies.


  • Conduct a home fire drill
  • Locate the gas meter and water shutoff points and attach/store a wrench or shutoff tool near them.  Also store special shutoff instruction, if any.
  • Establish and out-of-state contact to call in case of an emergency
  • Identify a location for your storage of plastic bin or tub.



  • Extra baby bottles, formula and diapers if needed
  • Extra pet supplies; food, collar, leash, etc.
  • A stash of at least $100 in small bills – more if  you can afford it
  • Begin to stockpile extra supplies of critical prescription medications. Talk to your pharmacist for help in making this happen.


  • Place a supply of prescription medicine(s) in a storage container and date the medicine(s) if not already indicated on its label
  • Start putting supplies in storage container(s) and include blankets or sleeping bags for each family member



  • Canned, ready-to-eat soup – 4 per person
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Plain liquid bleach
  • Portable am/FM radio with batteries
  • Liquid hand soap and hand sanitizer
  • Disposable hand wipes
  • Disposable latex or nitrile gloves


  • Make two photocopies of important papers and put one in the storage container, and one away from your home.
  • Talk with neighbors about organizing a neighborhood preparedness group.



  • Box of granola or power bars – 1 per person
  • 6 rolls of paper towels
  • Box of N-95 or N-100 face masks – 1 per person.


  • Check to see if stored water has expired and needs to be replaced
  • Put an extra pair of eyeglasses in the supply container
  • Find out about your workplace disaster plans and the disaster plans at your children’s schools



  • NOAA Alert Weather Radio
  • ABC fire extinguisher
  • Jug of juice – 1 per person
  • Adult and children’s vitamins
  • A pair of pliers and/or vise grip
  • 100 feet of rope or paracord


  • Take a first aid/CPR class
  • Show family members where and how to shut off utilities



  • Box of crackers or graham crackers – 1 per person
  • Dry cereal or instant oatmeal – 1 weeks’ worth per person
  • 1 box of large, heavy-duty garbage bags


  • Make a small preparedness kit for your car. Include food, water, blanket, small first aid kit, a list of important phone numbers
  • Secure water heaters to wall studs (if not already done)



  • Extra batteries for flashlights, radio and hearing aids (if needed)
  • Duct tape
  • Add an additional 3 days of water to your supply per person and per pet


  • Follow up on efforts to organize your neighborhood
  • Conduct an earthquake drill at home: stop, drop and hold, then go outside. (Remember, and earthquake can happen anywhere as recent events have demonstrated.)
  • Replace prescription medicines as required by expiration dates



  • Take the month off from purchases. Yay!


  • Secure shelves, cabinets and drawers to prevent them from falling and/or opening during earthquakes
  • Imagine your house with no electricity. What more do you need?



  • Package of paper plates
  • Package of napkins
  • Package of eating utensils
  • Package of paper cups


  • Exchange work, home and emergency contact phone numbers with neighbors for use during an emergency



  • Heavy work gloves
  • Begin to try to expand your food supply to twice of what you have on hand right now. Continue with this effort into coming 12 months.


  • Check to see if your stored food and water needs to be replaced.


Congratulations.  You have completed your year of preparations.  Now is a good time to go back to month 1 and review, replenish, rotate and drill.  Good job!

The Final Word

Once a month for the next twelve months I will feature an article devoted exclusively to the monthly tasks at hand including suggested activities, recommended purchases, viable alternatives, budget saving strategies and references to more reading material.  Sometime I may deviate from the list a bit and other times I may enhance it.

The final word for today is this:

Emergency preparation is your journey and should be unique to your circumstances, your family, your geographical location and your financial resources.  Yes, it can be a chore.  But as I have said before, it should be a chore with a happy ending.

Author: Gaye Levy http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/

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This article was first published at reThinkSurvival.com

Came across this compilation of water threads at SurvivalistBoards.com. There are threads on water totes, barrels, tanks, water filtration and treatment, rain barrels and rainwater collection, the use of pool and pond water, and bunch of miscellaneous discussions as well. Enjoy!

This is a great resource for all your water questions, it covers the following topics:

  • IBC Totes
  • Barrels
  • Water Cooler Bottles
  • Tanks
  • 2 Litre Bottles
  • Water Filtration
  • Water Treatment
  • Rain Barrels and Rain Water Collection
  • Tap Water
  • Canning Water
  • Pool Water
  • Pond Water

This is a compilation of popular threads to help answer some of the most addressed questions on water.