posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 08:36 PM
Thanks! All of your suggestions are great.
I already have 2 55 gallon plastic drums. One is inside my garage. One is along side the house. They originally contained soaps in them. (I
couldn't find any in my area that were brand new.) I washed them out really well. I purchased a small pump so when necessary I can get water out of
the drums. This water I plan to use for flushing toilets, etc. NOT for drinking. Bathing if absolutely desperate.
The storm shelter is 6 feet high. The entrance is level with the ground. So, figure the water was almost 6 feet underground in a cement box.
I wanted several weeks of water in case a tornado comes or TSHTF. Worse comes to worse, I'd live in the shelter since at least there would be a roof
over my head and water to drink while everything around me went crazy.
I have used individual water bottles before and they held up well. (And I did switch them out before they went bad.) I was hoping that the larger
bottles would work even better.
I know about the filling the bathtub trick. (I tried it once and discovered mine has a slow leak. At least I know that now!)
I also liked the reminder of the water heater tank. I guess this is just another reason why I don't want to go tankless!
My main concern is having enough water to last though a period of not having any. There won't be much warning to fill up, or if so, only a little.
That's not enough time to stock up. Once it gets out that there won't be water, there will be a run for all the water all over town. (I've
already witnessed that.) So, I want to have enough on hand so I won't have to frantically search for some.
Some of you suggested the water bags. The water bags would be a great, portable way to carry water. However, I'm looking for something a bit more
permanent that'll stay put until I need it. Do the bags leak? How do you prop them up when they are filled with water? Have any of you stored
water in them long term?
Some of you suggested glass bottles. Where can I get them?