I was 16 years old when I learned the necessity of rotating your tires. The concept seemed odd to me. Why in the world would I need to rotate a tire that is already in the process of rotating as I drive? I had no idea that the tires would wear differently depending on the side and location on the car. So when I was told that I had to buy the next set of tires I quickly learned that you do what you have to do in order to make the tires last longer.
Rotating your preps is a lot like that. I have a huge section in the garage were I keep a lot of the canned goods we prep with. I noticed a long time ago that these cans have expiration dates. So we have started rotating the stock. As the dates get closer I will use the canned goods and then replace them with a newer version. We have also applied the same concept to our water storage.
Knowing how and when to rotate your water storage is a very important aspect of being prepared. As you think about rotating your water supplies, here are some things you can do to use the “old” water so that it is not wasted.
Try watering your plants/garden with the older water. While you might not be interested in drinking the old water, your plants will certainly drink it up. Not only will this allow the plants to get the water they need, but it will keep you from having to dump all those gallons of fresh water and wasting it. As preppers we are trying to take advantage of the goods we have and not waste the items we have worked to procure.
Another option for the water rotation is to use the water to wash your cars or even your house. This water is never going to be harmful to your cars or home and it could help save you hundreds of dollars in water bills. All you need to do is make sure you have the proper equipment and the water could do all the work you can imagine. And while you are at it, why not try using the stored water to flush your toilets? The average toilet will use over a gallon of water per flush. That adds up quickly. Just use the water you are rotating and your toilets will be just fine.
One of my favorite ways to rotate the water is to use it as part of an irrigation system. Now we have never invested in a fancy sprinkler system but we do have the proper tools to make one. The best way I have found is to attach a spigot to the water storage barrel and hook a soaker hose to the end of the barrel. Turn on the spigot and the water will pour through the holes in the hose. Thus, your lawn is watered!
No matter how you choose to use your water, make sure you are rotating it regularly so that you are always prepared with the freshest water on hand if disaster strikes.