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Do not place your water containers directly on a concrete floor. The chemicals from the cement can leach through the plastic, thus contaminating the water. Rather, put down some sort of wood platform between your water and the floor. Furring strips, untreated 2x4s, or even plywood works great for this.
Originally posted by frugal
A concrete cistern hooked up to your house's gutters, or a deep well. Empty bleach bottles hold water and have trace amounts of bleach to keep it sanitary. Boil water for ten to twelve minutes and it's fine to drink from the questionable sources. Your bathtub, water heater, and the back of the toilet seat all have water stored.
I can concur with this, though it feels more like a ton, hehe. I use three cinder blocks (on end) under each barrel to raise it up to a more accessible height.
This is definitely not a portable method of storage due to the drums weighing roughly 400lbs when full.
How would I fare if I used a local water source, like a creek or stream.
Of course boiling it, would that be effective?
Or should I be concerned about contaminants/chemicals from humans?
How should I test this water source to make sure it's safe enough?
Originally posted by Gazrok
reply to post by 727Sky
Silver is lethal to bacteria, that's why, but a rather expensive solution...except for those preppers who now regret spending thousands for now worthless pretty metal......