Water storage

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by bnmb, Aug 6, 2010.


  1. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    What do you use for water storage, and how much water do you store?

    I'm getting two of these, 1000 liters each, for starters...maybe I'll get one or two more later on...

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  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I like it. Where did you get it at?

    I use multiple 15 gallon containers and 1 gallon jugs. I have a reverse osmosis water line and multiple filters along with a double 5-gallon gravity fed ceramic filter system that I made. I am also 100% mobile capable.
     
  3. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Apparently these containers are used for shipping of components for making liquid soap. I know people that use these containers for drinking water for years now in weekend houses and hunting lodges where no water or electricity has been brought...Apparently, they come from Germany and Switzerland. Price here is 75-90 euros per container. looks like it's food grade plastic. They are stackable, and I like that very much!
     
  4. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Brokor, here in Florida I can get them at local feed and grain store. They are food grade, hold right at 250 gallons, previously used to transport orange juice in refrigerated trucks, $120 each. 55 gallon plastic food grade drums, blue food grade, same use, $20
     
  5. fortunateson

    fortunateson I hate Illinois Nazis!

    Ditto to the 55gal. drums.

    Water is a different issue than storing food. IMO, you MUST identify and prepare to harvest from a continuous source (lakes, streams, whatever) because you just use it so darn fast.

    I store a bit but plan to harvest the rest.
     
  6. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

  7. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    Our water supply is very stable and dependable(ponds, springs,2 wells) so we have elected to be filter heavy. We have a Berkey, hiking filters, one use tubes, and Iodine/Chlorine treatments. A neat chem treatment is dry Chlorine(swimming pool THC). One five gallon bucket(@$35) will produce hundreds of gallons of "clorox" which will treat thousands of gallons of water. We do keep some water in the basement and have a 500 gallon tank standing by if needed.
     
  8. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    "WE" can get these locally, for $200 each, had syrup's in them....all food grade.
    Up north, I can get them for $75 each, same types and all, but they have too many and need to sell them off!
    We also have 1- BLACK 2600 gallon tank, ( about 23,000 lbs+ tank weight!), 1-BLACK 500 gallon tank, 1- BLACK 210 gallon tank, several, ( 6-8), blue 55 gallon drums, and 8-15 blue gallon poly drums.
    We have just recently discovered a UV light problem with a 60 gallon tank...it is white and allows light to penetrate, and grows algae, like it's going out of style...we are no longer using it.
    By aerating the others with small aquarium pumps and stones, we are able to keep the water fresh (goes stale really quick without aeration), plus it keeps the water from freezing in the tanks during the winter.
     
  9. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    So.... if we get or have the clear (milky white) or blue ones we should get someone who likes the smell of paint in the morning to paint them first black, then camo over that, to stop IV penetration, thus slowing or mostly stopping algae growth? I have CRS, (can't remember sheet), and I am taking notes and writing this down on my "things to do tome."[boozingbuddies]The list is sooooooo long I drives me to drink.
     
  10. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Algae??? Where do yo get algae from? I can choose black or white, but I thought to take white because of light and UV...I used to put water in bottles and forget them in cellar on on the terrace for weeks, and only thing that happened was water having bad taste...but algae???
     
  11. hippiechick

    hippiechick Monkey+

    Has anyone ever thought of home canning water? Seriously? I personally distill mine with a water distiller, but if the electric went out would not be able to run my distiller. Trying to save water in containers isn't as pure to drink, but would be great for other purposes.
    So, instead of buying expensive bottled water to drink, I thought of canning it. Then it would be heated, sealed and always fresh.
    I have 2 extra boxes of canning jars in the basement, so the project would only cost me my canning lids.
    Has anyone else tried it?????
     
  12. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Well...if you distill it, why would you can it? Maybe I'm missing something, but can't you distill it before you want to use it? Like, keep the water in tank, and distill as much you need at a time? You just bring it to boil and done... I was considering getting UV waterproof light and dipping it in the tank, as added measure....
     
  13. fortunateson

    fortunateson I hate Illinois Nazis!

    Not sure about that one. You're going to be going through at least a gallon / person / day and that's drinking and cooking alone.

    I don't think there's much to storing water. If you keep in in a sealed container filled to the top the stuff that would grow in it would be minimal even if untreated. Then, just filter or boil before using.

    Even the nasty stuff hanging out in your rain barrels can be used if treated properly.
     
  14. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned


    Totally agree...Is that why they're trying to forbid people to collect rain water?.. [freedom]
     
  15. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Alage is generally caused by the sunlight, especially here in swimming pools!
    That's why we have to pay thru the wazoo for chlorine treatments 2 to 4 times a week. I gave up on that back in High School! Too much work, not near enough fun!
    About water aand distillation...don't do it for human consumption!
    Boiling it for purity is one thing, distillation removes all the necessary minerals your body needs!
    About packaging...I took Crystal Ice, put it into the food grade mylar bags, sealed it....I tested one 2 years later, and still have one today, marked as being packaged on July 2007! It works! Tastes great and it's safe and clean!
    It's easier than handling water alone, it's made of purified water and easy to put into a bag and seal up!
     
  16. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Once upon a time, I had a source of incredibly pure water that was in a heated tank, just simmering at the boiling point to prevent gas absorption. Had a brain storm, use it for instant coffee!! Took about two cups to figure out that was a bad idea. Not only does high purity water not have minerals that the body needs and wants, but it's pretty effective at cleaning you out.

    Coffee, GOOD!! Greenapple quicksteps, NOT!! [beer]
     
  17. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    OUCH!
    That is NOT good...!
    Too bad no one makes a tablet for use in distilled water, to replenish the good minerals!
     
  18. fortunateson

    fortunateson I hate Illinois Nazis!

    True, but I heard that was only a long-term problem . IOW, distilled water over a long period of time would cause mineral deficiencies, but not an issue over the short haul. T or F?
     
  19. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    F, unless you have another source of minerals (specifically salts) to offset the tendency to dilute what is already in your system. Distilled water is a pretty good thing to have on hand, but it is NOT the best thing to drink, and it is a diuretic. Meaning, basically, that not only does it deplete the salts that you need, but it tends toward making you urinate more. Which simply makes the ion deficiency worse. That said, if distilled is what you have, drink it.
     
  20. Srbenda

    Srbenda Monkey++

    I would think the weight of one of those 250gallon tanks would require it to be on a very solid surface, unlike a porch or deck. I can get my hands on them as well, but have no place to store them.
     
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