Water storage should be a top priority for any prepper, but it is a little more difficult when you live in the city. For those that live on a farm or in a more rural environment, water isn’t quite as difficult. Most homesteads have an independent water source or a nearby body of water to draw from if there was ever an emergency. Unfortunately, city dwellers have a greater challenge ahead in thinking about water storage. Whether you live in the suburbs in a busy housing development or you have a cramped apartment in the heart of the city, here are some tips to help you build up your water storage and be prepared for emergencies.
Collect A Variety of Storage Containers
Start out by storing water in your residence in large containers. This will give you the basic foundation of water supplies, but you will also need some more portable containers to transport water in an emergency. Stock up on some five gallon buckets to fill with water and keep a good selection of jugs on hand for transporting water back and forth to your home if needed. Bottled water is another solution because you can stash bottles in your bug out bag and store big flats of water bottles underneath beds and in empty closet spaces.
Find Your Closest Water Source
Do a little research and find out where your closest water source is located and how to get there. Ideally, you want to find a water source that is close enough to reach by foot or on a bike. If necessary, call the water utility company and ask them about the water source that your home’s water supply comes from. They should be helpful in answering these questions, but don’t be afraid to press for answers if the utility companies are too vague. You should also scout out the area to find out if there are ponds, lakes, or creeks nearby.
You Need More Water Than You Think
Sometimes when we think about water storage, we only take into consideration how much we need to stay hydrated. In reality, we need water for a lot of other things. You should have enough water supplies for cleaning, flushing the toilet, cooking, and washing clothes. Pets also need water so keep that in mind if you have a furry friend living in your home.
Don’t Forget to Rotate Water Supplies
Water storage should be rotated periodically to keep it from going bad. As you add more water containers to your supply, rotate out the oldest water and use it for cleaning or watering your garden. Aim to rotate your water storage at least every six months so your supplies are always fresh and safe for consumption.
Learn the Basics of Water Purification
If you end up in a survival situation and you have to get water from a lake or stream, it’s essential that you know how to properly purify it. The best idea is to invest in a portable water purifier, but take time to learn other methods as well. When you don’t have access to running water, you can never be too careful to insure your water is properly filtered. Otherwise you could end up getting sick and facing a medical emergency.
With these tips in mind, you can start to make a plan for appropriate water storage in the city. What are your favorite ways to store water in a city residence?