Wow, things have sure changed since my first reply to this in 2010.
Now, my storage system is:
Primarily, a well, with an optional manual pump to use in emergencies (normally, an electric pump).
Two 55 gallon barrels (if I lose power, I lose the electric pump, so that sucks. While the manual pump can work, it's slow, tedious, and a lot of
work...eventually, back up generators for this) - This is for drinking water. These are designed for it, and the cost is pretty damn good here. (get
one of the kits too, for accessing the water easily). I'm planning on putting two more of these out by the stables too.
Two 50 gallon rainwater barrels (this is for water for cooking or cleaning). The name is deceptive, my gutters get nasty, so these really aren't going
to be fed by rain water except in an emergency situation.
I periodically drain and refill these (using the water for the horse troughs or gardening, etc.) to keep the water more fresh, and of course have
purification methods on hand (and the horses love a little bleach in their water)
Not too long ago, we had a slab leak (leak in a copper pipe, under our concrete floor). Pain in the butt...and left us without water for a time, while
we fixed it. It was SO nice to have the above alternatives (we had less at the time), that we increased the water backup.
This is definitely not a portable method of storage due to the drums weighing roughly 400lbs when full.
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.
26-4-2013 by Gazrok because: (no reason given)