Essential Gear:

LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS

There's always another solution. If the situation persists,these gear solutions will get you back to basics

For fear of overstating how important water is... Well, ever read Dune? Water is all around us. But what happens when you turn on the tap and nothing comes out? It is terrifying, a reverberation of olden times. Where are you going to get water? Just look at  Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Residents were drinking out of polluted puddles, desperate. 

So, more than anything, figuring out water solutions NOW is essential. It's one of those things in which a little planning — and buying the right gear — will make all the difference.

The approach is  simple, and two-pronged. See box to the right.

THE WATER BASICS

SOLUTIONS TO STORE WATER AWAY TODAY

1.

While it might seem like you can simply buy a bunch of bottled water from the grocery store and be done with it, that doesn't really work. (Though it's better than nothing.) Bottled water evaporates in storage and isn'tt particularly durable. You need to be able to store large amounts of water in a stackable fashion (especially in apartments or small houses), and a LOT of water in big barrels whenever possible.

The very best water storage solution for apartments

Importance: Important

Bottom line: Water storage that fits under cabinets

Recommended for: Apartments/home

No. units recommended: 1-2

You’ll also need: Ability to disinfect water for longterm solutions

Be aware: Our first container leaked. Fill it up first and make sure there are no issues.

 

 

Beans

$26.00Price

Importance: Important

Bottom line: Water storage that fits under cabinets

Recommended for: Apartments/home

No. units recommended: 1-2

You’ll also need: Ability to disinfect water for longterm solutions

Be aware: Our first container leaked. Fill it up first and make sure there are no issues.

 

 

NOTES ABOUT THESE PRODUCTS: The best thing about the Aqua-Tainer is that it contains 7 gallons and it has a spout. That's enough water for a family of four in a day; or two people for several days. (We're talking drinking water; not other uses.) We've got ours in a cabinet, where it fits easily. You can stack in closets as well. However, it is NOT easy to transport. The WaterBrick is brilliant. Each carries 3.5 gallons, and have sturdy carrying handles. They are VERY tough and durable. Better, you can stack them under the bed — easily fitting a dozen or so. In our opinion, the WaterBrick is the best overall water storage solution for apartments.

 

Beans

$26.00Price
The very best water storage solution for houses

Beans

$26.00Price

Importance: Important

Bottom line: Water storage that fits under cabinets

Recommended for: Apartments/home

No. units recommended: 1-2

You’ll also need: Ability to disinfect water for longterm solutions

Be aware: Our first container leaked. Fill it up first and make sure there are no issues.

 

 

REVIEW NOTES OF THE AUGASON BARREL:
The best thing about the
Aqua-Tainer is that it contains 7 gallons and it has a spout. That's enough water for a family of four in a day; or two people for several days. (We're talking drinking water; not other uses.) We've got ours in a cabinet, where it fits easily. You can stack in closets as well. However, it is NOT easy to transport. The WaterBrick is brilliant. Each carries 3.5 gallons, and have sturdy carrying handles. They are VERY tough and durable. Better, you can stack them under the bed — easily fitting a dozen or so. In our opinion, the WaterBrick is the best overall water storage solution for apartments.

 

2.

Your stored water is going to run out. (Bummer.) That means you may need to collect rainwater or gather it from streams, rivers, or lakes. That water will not be safe to drink. While you can boil it, or dose it with a few drops of unscented chlorine, one of the best solutions will be to use a camp-style filter. Our picks come from LifeStraw, and they come in a variety of sizes and styles. The overall concept is the same. They take out 99.9 percent out of the bad stuff, and the units themselves generally last thousands of gallons of use. They are, literally, life savers. We recommend buying a bunch of them, in different sizes and styles, and having them in your home shelter, go-bag, vehicle, and away shelter.

For more about Water Advice, see our Water 101 section.

The very best water storage solution for apartments

Beans

$26.00Price

Importance: Important

Bottom line: Water storage that fits under cabinets

Recommended for: Apartments/home

No. units recommended: 1-2

You’ll also need: Ability to disinfect water for longterm solutions

Be aware: Our first container leaked. Fill it up first and make sure there are no issues.

 

 

Beans

$26.00Price

Importance: Important

Bottom line: Water storage that fits under cabinets

Recommended for: Apartments/home

No. units recommended: 1-2

You’ll also need: Ability to disinfect water for longterm solutions

Be aware: Our first container leaked. Fill it up first and make sure there are no issues.

 

 

Beans

$26.00Price

Importance: Important

Bottom line: Water storage that fits under cabinets

Recommended for: Apartments/home

No. units recommended: 1-2

You’ll also need: Ability to disinfect water for longterm solutions

Be aware: Our first container leaked. Fill it up first and make sure there are no issues.

 

 

Beans

$26.00Price

Importance: Important

Bottom line: Water storage that fits under cabinets

Recommended for: Apartments/home

No. units recommended: 1-2

You’ll also need: Ability to disinfect water for longterm solutions

Be aware: Our first container leaked. Fill it up first and make sure there are no issues.

 

 

NOTES ABOUT THESE PRODUCTS: The best thing about the Aqua-Tainer is that it contains 7 gallons and it has a spout. That's enough water for a family of four in a day; or two people for several days. (We're talking drinking water; not other uses.) We've got ours in a cabinet, where it fits easily. You can stack in closets as well. However, it is NOT easy to transport. The WaterBrick is brilliant. Each carries 3.5 gallons, and have sturdy carrying handles. They are VERY tough and durable. Better, you can stack them under the bed — easily fitting a dozen or so. In our opinion, the WaterBrick is the best overall water storage solution for apartments.

 

The very best camp-style water filters

Beans

$26.00Price

Importance: Important

Bottom line: Water storage that fits under cabinets

Recommended for: Apartments/home

No. units recommended: 1-2

You’ll also need: Ability to disinfect water for longterm solutions

Be aware: Our first container leaked. Fill it up first and make sure there are no issues.

 

 

Beans

$26.00Price

Importance: Critical

Bottom line: The absolute most space efficient way to store water in small spaces. Stack them under beds!

Recommended for: Apartments/small houses

No. units recommended: 6-12

You’ll also need: A WaterStraw or similar to disinfect water.

Be aware: Also good containters for storing grains and beans. 

 

 

NOTES ABOUT THESE PRODUCTS: The best thing about the Aqua-Tainer is that it contains 7 gallons and it has a spout. That's enough water for a family of four in a day; or two people for several days. (We're talking drinking water; not other uses.) We've got ours in a cabinet, where it fits easily. You can stack in closets as well. However, it is NOT easy to transport. The WaterBrick is brilliant. Each carries 3.5 gallons, and have sturdy carrying handles. They are VERY tough and durable. Better, you can stack them under the bed — easily fitting a dozen or so. In our opinion, the WaterBrick is the best overall water storage solution for apartments.

 

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Food & Cooking

WATER STORAGE FAQ
 

Can I store water indefinitely?
No. Water in sealed containers should still be cycled out and replaced every year.

How many gallons per person?
The general rule is a minimum of 2 gallons per person a day. But that's only for drinking and not personal needs. 

Why not just buy bottled water? 
Water in plastic bottles evaporates. It also simply doesn't store or transport as well, esp. in large quantities.

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