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Do I Have Enough Water? I’m Not So Sure…


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Do not think you can come to my house when there’s an earthquake in soCal, because I won’t have enough water for you.  What about all these barrels, and why do I have them if I won’t share?


14 - 55 gallon water barrels.  This is at least a 4 month supply of basic water for my family.  Too bad these aren't mine.

Fourteen 55-gallon water barrels. This is at least a 4 month supply of basic water for my family. Too bad these aren’t mine.


I arranged a group purchase for used 55-gallon water barrels for my friends and fellow church members.  On Saturday, the water barrel guy delivered them.  How much do these babies cost?  Well, if they were new, they’d be in the $70-100 range.  These, on the other hand, are used barrels and they were $25 a piece.  That’s a huge savings!  I have to rinse and sanitize them, but that’s pretty easy, and I think it’s totally worth it to save $45+.


Where exactly do these “used” barrels come from?  Companies use this type of barrel to hold food items.  These particular barrels held either fruit or fruit juice concentrate. They were used exactly ONCE.  After these barrels have been used once, companies may not reuse them.  Some entrepreneurs buy these barrels and resell them to consumers.  I love that!  I save money while I’m saving the planet.  GO ME!  See?  Now I have 5 barrels.



I really wanted to have a bit more water on hand, so I bought another 55-gallon barrel.

I really wanted to have a bit more water on hand, so I bought another 55-gallon barrel.  The one on the left is my new (used) one.  I need to rinse and sanitize it before I fill it with water.


I’ve told you before that I live in a desert.  If there is any disruption to our water supply (earthquake anyone?), I can’t run to my local river or stream and get water.  The one “river” in my city is dry.  I’ve only seen water in it a few times, and it didn’t last very long.  It’s super dry now that California is suffering from a horrible drought.


You don’t need to worry about water, right?  Wrong.  Remember that chemical spill in West Virginia How long were the 300,000 people affected unable to use the water from their faucets?  Several weeks!  What about a power outage?  Much of the country’s water is transported using pumps.  Electric pumps.


I’m not trying to freak anyone out, but it is important to be aware of how fragile our water supply system is.  And it’s VERY important for you to learn what you can do to be prepared and to act.


What can you do?  Do you have to buy water barrels?  Nope!  Buy some bottled water from the store and always have at least a 3-day water supply on hand.  How much is a 3-day supply?  For my family, 2 packs of Costco water bottles covers it.


You can buy a couple cases of bottled water to have on hand.  Stick it under your bed.

You can buy a couple cases of bottled water to have on hand. Stick it under your bed.


Don’t want to buy bottled water?  Do you ever buy 2-liter soda bottles?  Rinse and sanitize those, then fill them with water.  Old soda bottles are perfect for storing water.


Wash, sanitize, then refill old soda bottles, for quick, easy water storage.

Wash, sanitize, then refill old soda bottles, for quick, easy water storage.


I challenge each of my readers to take a few minutes this week to evaluate your water storage.  Do you have any?  Do you have anywhere to store water?  (Most people can fit a few refilled soda bottles of water under their beds.)  What are you going to do this week to build at least a 3-day supply of water?


Think I’m paranoid?  Maybe.  But FEMA and the American Red Cross agree with me about having water on hand.  In fact, they recommend having a 2 week water supply on hand.  Check out their brochure about food and water in an emergency here.  If you’re not there yet, don’t stress.  Start with a 3-day water supply.


Think barrels are a great idea, but don’t know where to get them?  You can order them new online from my giveaway sponsor, Emergency Essentials, by visiting their website here.  In fact, they have an awesome “starter” kit for about $93 which includes an emergency syphon (needed to get the water out of your barrels), a bung wrench (makes opening and closing your barrels SO much easier), and a water treatment (to keep your water safe to drink).  It’s really quite a good deal for a new barrel.  In fact, it’s one of the lowest prices I’ve seen for this type of set.  Here’s a picture.


Emergency Essentials Water Barrel Combo Set for just under $93.

Emergency Essentials Water Barrel Combo Set for just under $93.  See it here.


Are new barrels out of your price range?  Check Craig’s List in your area.  Many entrepreneurs are selling these barrels in different parts of the USA.  Maybe there’s someone near you selling these barrels.


Let’s walk the walk and not just talk the talk.  Get some water!  It will give you peace of mind, and help you be more self-reliant in an emergency, which will free up resources for those who were unable to prepare.


Please let me and my readers know, how is your water supply? 

What are you going do this week to improve upon your current situation?


Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, Have a question about Food Storage? Email me:

18 thoughts on “Do I Have Enough Water? I’m Not So Sure…

  1. Great post Laurie. You don’t have to worry about us coming down (we’re just east of Sacramento) I don’t get my fanny in gear we’ll out of luck. Right now Folsom Lake has risen with the rain and snow in the mountains, but it won’t long before we can visit the town at the bottom of the lake again. We’re all ready on water rationing, how about you guys? Hugz:)


  2. This is an amazing idea. I’m crazy about the color of the barrels. See how easily I’m entertained? ~(*_*)~~


  3. Perhaps a good idea to remind people to consider their pets when they calculate how much water they might need to store up. I don’t live in a city – but I used to – and I don’t think a three day supply would be very comforting. I would be inclined to store enough for a month at least. For one – I think many people in an emergency situation, will use more water to start with (sort of like when there’s no milk in the fridge you suddenly crave milk). For another – as you correctly pointed out – even if your water is turned back on – it may be a few weeks before its safe to drink without at least boiling it first. And that’s assuming you have electricity, gas, etc. to boil it with.

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  4. Such a good idea, we were part of the huge summer blackout several years ago we had our trailer water tank full so we had water but I need to get one of these


  5. Presently I have a pool, but all of these things you mentioned we great!


  6. Hi Laurie, since one of your prior posts about water storage, I’ve started creating my supply. I now have a 3-day supply for our family. I also used several 2-liter bottles, as you suggested. Two question: 1) I had no idea what specific formula to use when “sanitizing” my 2-liter bottles, so I just dumped in some bleach and water and let it sit for a while. Do you have any specific suggestions for sanitation? 2) Apparently people in Chicagoland aren’t that interested in water storage (Great Lakes area – false sense of security, I suppose…). I’ve looked all over Craigslist and can’t find any water barrels. Other suggestions for used barrels? Also, I’ve been trying to find the food storage buckets that you get from your local baker. Any suggestions on that? Do you go to a grocery store bakery, or a local mom & pop? Where do you think I’d have the most success? Sorry for all the questions! 🙂


  7. My dream is to get a windmill to either create enough electricity to run the pump on our well, or to pump water directly. Our last house had the original 15 foot well when we moved in, so clearly our area is blessed with an abundance of water. It is definitely a thought in my head, though. I should get some bottles of water in the meantime though…


  8. I’d love to have a bunch of barrels of water, but the sun and heat in Arizona would destroy those blue containers in short order, so I’ve had to settle for 2 blue barrels that hide in the darkest corner of my garage. The water is treated and can be stored in the dark for up to 5 years. My thinking on storing water outside is that the shelf life can be dropped down to mere months to a year, but that’s fine as long as you’re good about emptying the containers and refilling and treating them regularly. However treating again and/or boiling would probably do just as good a job.


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