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Whenever I think of water storage I think of that old "Rule of 3" that survivalists like to teach: You can live 3 months without love, 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, 3 hours without shelter, 3 minutes without air and only 3 seconds without using your head.

This rule helps me to put into perspective the importance of storing water along with food. I really want to live longer than just 3 days! All the food in the world won't do me any good if I don't plan ahead now to store water along with my food. Keep in mind; you need approximately 2 gallons of water, per person per day. So that's about 14 gallons a week, per person. This will give you enough water to drink and cook with while still leaving you some to wash up with. When it comes to storing water, it's better to have a little more than you really need than to have not enough.

Before you begin to store water you need to decide if you're going to use it to drink with, or to wash with. If you want to drink out of it, then it needs to be stored in high quality food grade containers. Almost any store that carries camping supplies will have their water containers specifically marked. Be careful to stay away from ones that might be too heavy for you to lift once they're filled with water. While a 50 gallon container of water looks impressive on the shelf, it'd be murder to try and move it if there ever were an emergency and you had to leave your home suddenly. So keep at least some of your water containers mobile enough that you could take them with you if you needed to suddenly leave your home.

If you don't have the money to buy new water containers, then it's time to get creative! It's possible to just clean and reuse what you already have. Old soda containers are great for storing drinking water some people even recommend using bleach bottles that have been washed out, although I would use those for other water needs than drinking. If you do, don't use the scented bleach containers to store drinking water, as they have extra additives that are almost impossible to wash out and aren't any good for ingesting.)

Something else to think about, when you're storing those soda bottles filled with water, or the gallon sized jugs, is it is possible to stick them in the freezer (if you have one big enough). They freeze well and have the added benefit of being able to help keep your freezer cold in the event of loss of power. Should you need them to drink, just take them out and let them thaw for awhile. The 2 liter jugs of soda handle freezing really well, although the bottom does distort and is no longer flat when you take it out. Just make sure to leave room at the top of all the containers for them to expand a bit.

Some other items you could reuse are plastic juice containers. They work just fine when it comes to storing water. For me though, it's just easier to buy bottled water for drinking and store it where it's easy to get to. If you watch the grocery store sales in your neighborhood, it's often possible to buy gallon size jugs of purified spring water for under a dollar. So make sure to keep your eyes open for the sales.