Most people with an emergency supply kit or large stockpile of food storage will probably have enough water to last the people in their family for several days, and maybe a week. Most likely these are in the form of water bottles or gallon jugs. Few of them, though – will have much beyond that. Even at home – having long term water storage should be something you think about – especially if you were in a situation without water for several weeks. Many times after a natural disaster, fresh clean water may not be available for some time.
Obviously, we need water for survival, but you also need to be able to water gardens, feed livestock or pets, as well as cook and clean for your family – all of which would be very difficult after a couple of days with no water replenishment. So, where do you store water in large amounts for the long term?
Here are 3 tips for storing water long term:
Pools and Ponds
These are two places on your property that are great for long term water storage. Obviously, if you have a pond or a pool, you have gallons and gallons of water at your disposal. This water can be used for cleaning, cooking, or drinking – you’ll just need to test it first. This is why you should also have water treatment tablets in your emergency kit, so you can make the water safe for consumption. If you don’t have a pond, you can make several small ones on your property using ready made liners, recycled hot tubs, or kiddie pools. Ponds can add natural beauty to your property as well as being great for water storage.
Rain barrels have been used for years for homesteaders to collect and store water for all kinds of things from cleaning/bathing to watering a garden. You could place several of these around your property, to collect water. You may want to consider some sort of screen to keep bugs out the barrel, but other than that these are a relatively cheap way to store water for the long term. You can get different sizes for different collection spots. Be sure to raise them up on cinder blocks or bricks, or put one on a balcony to collect from different heights, too.
Let the Ground Collect For You
This is one cheap and easy way to start collecting water on your property. Called double digging – you simply use shovels to aerate the ground after it is already dug into – similar to how farmers will aerate their soil after the field has been plowed. The more airspace the soil has, the more water it can hold, which is great for your garden! You can also use mulch to help collect water – if you layer the mulch pretty deep – it will allow the ground to hold more water.
By storing water using these methods – you’re going to be in good shape year round – for the most part – should you need water for a garden, pets, or other animals. Don’t let your guard down, though, about continuing to keep a stock of bottled water or gallon jugs for you, and every person who lives in your home. Obviously, you want clean pure water for drinking and cooking,and those are your best options for that. The collected water on your property is more for outdoor use, but if treated properly, it could work for cooking and cleaning, too.