Emergency Preparedness

Storing water in 5 gallon containers

Storing water in 5 gallon containersIf space is an issue, storing water in 55 gallon barrels may not be a possibility for you. We prefer using the 5 and 7 gallon containers for indoor water storage.

These can be purchased online from Emergency Essentials, or check your local Walmart or camping /sporting goods store.

We use both 5 gallon and 7 gallon containers in our home:
Aqua-Pak 5 Gallon Rigid Water Container
Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container

Once you have your container, wash it out really good before adding water to it.

If you are using city water, you most likely do not need to add anything to the water. Most city water is already chlorinated. If you know your water is not treated, you will need to treat it with bleach before storing. Here are the guidelines:

Clear water = ½ teaspoon of bleach for every 5 gallons

Cloudy/murky water = 1 teaspoon of bleach for every 5 gallons

Water can be stored indefinitely, but it is recommended you rotate your water supplies every 6-12 months. Don’t just throw it out when you do! Use it in the garden, wash your car with it, etc.

How much water do you need to store?

It is recommended you keep at least a 2 week supply of water on hand for every person. You need at least ONE GALLON – PER PERSON, PER DAY.

So a 2 week supply for one person would be 14 gallons.

Storing water in 5 gallon containersI feel this is a very conservative number as you will be using water for drinking, cooking, AND cleaning.

While using larger water barrels allows you to store more water, we like the smaller containers for storing water indoors. Our reasons include:

  • They are stackable. You can easily fit these under cupboards, in closets, behind doors, and other spots through out your home.
  • They are light-weight (in comparison to 25+ gallon barrels) and can be moved around easier when needed.

TIP: Look for containers with built-in spouts. This makes pouring your water much easier.

Watch our video: Storing water in 5 gallon containers

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