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How to Store Backup Water in Your Garage in 55 Gallon Barrels

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How to Store Backup Water in Your Garage in 55 Gallon Barrels
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How to Store Backup Water in Your Garage in 55 Gallon Barrels
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When I first started prepping, I knew I needed to store plenty of water, but I didn’t realize how much. Every time I went shopping, I would pick up a case of 32 half-liter water bottles. I did this for a couple months, at which point I was satisfied that I had more than enough water and stopped buying more. How wrong I was.

Later that year, I decided to add up the calories in my pantry to see how long our food would actually last. Although it turned out I had three month’s worth, which is pretty good, I didn’t have nearly as much water.

It looked like I had a lot of water, but when I did the math, it turned out I only had about 34 gallons. And since you’re supposed to store a gallon of water per person per day, that meant the water would only last my wife and I a little over two weeks, far short of the three months worth of food I had.

I thought to myself, “What’s the point of having all this food if we die of thirst?” That’s the day I realized the importance of having a good water storage system. Although now I live somewhere with a reliable source of water, I still have some 55-gallon drums just in case.

If you’ve ever thought about stocking up on enough water to lost a long time–not just a few weeks, but months or even years–this video by City Prepping tells you how to do it. He covers:

  • Where to get 55 gallon drums.
  • What you’ll need to store them.
  • How to disinfect and clean them.
  • How to properly fill them up.
  • How to store them the right way.
  • How to siphon water out of them.

Watch the video below to learn more.


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