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QUESTION: I have decided to store bottled water and use 55 gallon drums for cleaning, bathing, etc. I have not filled my drums yet, because I do not understand the best way to do this. Because I am not going to be drinking it do I need to treat it at all? Have you heard ofthe pumps they sell that go into the drums that supposedly filter and pump out thewater? Do you like them/dislike them? Any info. would be great.


ANSWER: You no longer need to treat water with Bleach because our water is now treated in a way that makes this no longer necissary. The only precaution you will want to take is to NOT have your water (or drums) be touching cement (on the sides or bottom of drum). The water in drums (that you will be storing for cleaning, bathing, etc.) will still be fine for drinking—even without a filter. You could always boil the water, get purification tablets or use bleach if you were nervous about the quality. Even still, I think it is a good idea to have some sort of filtration system in case you needed to purify other water sources. We have a Katadyn water filter (Costco used to sell them, but now I have only seen them at stores like Cabela’s). It was only around $60 and can filter muddy river water into clean drinking water. It is awesome! It comes with a little tube that you put into your water drums and siphon out the filtered water. This is a great thing to have camping and is small enough to be stored in your families 72 hour kit. Water bottles are convenient for drinking, but if you needed, it would be great to have the large 55 gallon drums as well. I don’t think you can ever have too much water ;)

7 comments:

Nann June 10, 2008 at 9:55 AM  

Could someone explain why it is harmful to store the blue containers touching cement? I have never heard of this before.
thanks

Hilary June 10, 2008 at 10:09 AM  

Why can't you have the drum touching cement? I've never heard that.
That fileter looks very cool. I should find one of those.

Karen Scoffield June 11, 2008 at 9:08 AM  

Thanks so much for the response! We already own that filter, so I am set. I just need to get plywood to set my drums on. This might sound naive, but do you know the easiest way to get the water out of the drum when we do use it for cooking and bathing?

maegs ''> June 11, 2008 at 12:17 PM  

I've heard the rule about keeping your water off cement, but I don't understand WHY!

myfoodstoragedeals July 30, 2008 at 11:06 AM  

Supposedly cement hs some chemicals that can seep into your water drums or jugs. I don't think it is serious enough that it would 'kill' you or hurt you, it is just recommended any time you are on emergency preparedness sites or government sites. If you have your drums already filled up then just get a water filter and you won't have to worry about it. It is more important you have water than it is to worry about how it stored. You can always boil the water or add bleach to kill anything that would hurt you. I heard a great tip the other day that if you put your water in emptied out clear 2 liter pop bottles then put them in an apple box (you can fit 12 perfectly in them) and then put the lid on top. THis will keep the water away from light and off of the cement--what a great idea!!

myfoodstoragedeals July 30, 2008 at 11:06 AM  

Supposedly cement hs some chemicals that can seep into your water drums or jugs. I don't think it is serious enough that it would 'kill' you or hurt you, it is just recommended any time you are on emergency preparedness sites or government sites. If you have your drums already filled up then just get a water filter and you won't have to worry about it. It is more important you have water than it is to worry about how it stored. You can always boil the water or add bleach to kill anything that would hurt you. I heard a great tip the other day that if you put your water in emptied out clear 2 liter pop bottles then put them in an apple box (you can fit 12 perfectly in them) and then put the lid on top. THis will keep the water away from light and off of the cement--what a great idea!!

Superstar August 1, 2008 at 5:33 PM  

Something to keep in mind with filters like the Katadyn Hiker is that they are made to fill weight requirements for backpackers and extreme adventurers.

The low weight makes them great for 72-hour kits, but not as cost-effective as other small water filters made by Katadyn.

For example, the Hiker can filter up to 200 gallons of water on one filter element. $60/200=30 cents per gallon, or a gallon of water for 6 1/2 months.

On the other hand, a filter like the Katadyn Combi can filter up to 13,000 gallons on one filter element and costs around $140. $140/13,000=1 cent per gallon, or one gallon of water a day for about 36 months.

This saves you $220!

Just a suggestion.

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