100 Gallons Of Emergency Water Storage In 15 Minutes

Water is a first priority in the preparedness world, and for good reason.   In as little as three days without water, humans die. Because of this, we talk a lot about water on this blog.  Today we are going to talk about how to attain 100 gallons of emergency water storage in as little as 15 minutes.

100 Gallons Of Emergency Water Storage

How Much Emergency Water Storage Do You Need?

Generally about 8 bottles of bottled water equals one gallon. If there are four people in your family, you’ll need at least 32 bottles of water per day. Cases usually have 24 bottles. For a basic week’s worth of emergency water storage, at one gallon a day, you’d need just under 10 cases. Double that if you want 2 gallons a day per person.

PRO TIP: Learn More About Calculating Drinking Water Needs

But what if an emergency is imminent, and you can’t get to the store to top off your water storage? What if the stores are out of water?

100 Gallons Of Emergency Water Storage in 15 Minutes

But, what if I told you there was a way to get 100 gallons of emergency water storage in 15 minutes or less?

Let me introduce you to the *this post contains affiliate links waterBOB. The waterBOB is a water containment system that holds up to 100 gallons of fresh drinking water in any standard bathtub in the event of an emergency.

During a hurricane or tropical storm, water main breaks and storm surges can interrupt or even contaminate your water supply. It is during these conditions the waterBOB may be used for temporary water storage. Constructed of heavy duty plastic that is FDA compliant for food storage, the waterBOB keeps water fresh and clean for up to 16 weeks.

PRO TIP: Live in an area where Hurricanes are likely? This post could save your life: Survive Hurricane Season Prepping Checklist.

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How To Survive A Boil Notice

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How To Survive A Boil Notice

A boil notice is issued when a municipal water provider detects dangerous pathogens and microorganisms in the water that can make us sick.  Other reasons for a boil notice include lead in the water, water main breaks, power outages and flooding.    Your need to be able to survive a boil notice often comes in the aftermath of hurricanes, like in Puerto Rico.

WHAT Is A Boil Notice and How Can You Survive It_

How To  Survive A Boil Notice

Surviving a boil notice takes preparation.  First, you’ll need to know exactly what you can and can’t do with your tap water.  Some boil notices will state that tap water is not to be used for drinking, ice cubes or cooking, but can still be used to do laundry in.

But, you know the s has really htf  when the water restrictions say the water can’t be used in any form or fashion.  This is what Puerto Rico has been dealing with for almost a year now.

BTW, we are less than 3 months away from the start of the next hurricane season.  Are you prepared?

All The Ways We Use Water

Brushing Teeth
Washing Dishes
Mixing Baby Formula
Washing Fruits and Veggies
Mixing Medications

And most important……..DRINKING!

Take a minute and think of all the ways your family uses water in a 24 hour period.  That is going to be the amount of water you would need to boil to keep up the status quo.  Yikes!

How To Boil Water For A Boil Notice

According to the CDC, to make water safe to drink,  you should fill a large pot with water and bring it to an actual boil for at least one minute; and then allow the water to cool and place in a clean container.

If you can’t boil water, you can disinfect it by using 1/8 teaspoon of NON-scented bleach per one gallon of water. Mix it well and wait at least 30 minutes before drinking it. Make sure your containers are clean by sanitizing them with bleach as well. Rinse containers thoroughly before storing water.

When my family lived in Turkey, we often had to rely on using non-scented bleach to disinfect our water.  No doubt about it, this water is going to have a funky taste.  Consider having powdered Kool-Aid or something to help cover that taste.

You will also need to use BOILED or disinfected water in your coffee pot.  Even though that coffee pot heats the water up, it doesn’t boil it safe. 

Pro Tip:  When trying to survive a boil water notice, water filters will NOT be enough to purify your tap water.  You’ll need to either rely on stored water, boil the water, or disinfect it with bleach.

Cutting Down On Daily Water Needs

Let’s face it.  Trying to boil the amount of water you typically go through on a daily basis will be impossible.  You will need to be prepared with items to help cut down on the amount of water you’ll need.

1. Stock up on no-rinse bathing wipes.  These wipes clean well with just a bit of water, but you don’t need to rinse afterwards.  We use these often when my son is in the hospital.

Even if the boil alert says it’s okay to bathe in your tap water, I wouldn’t suggest it if you have any open wounds, or are immuno-compromised.

2. Have a can or two of dry shampoo on hand.

3. Stock disposable plates, napkins, and utensils.

4. Fill empty bottles of laundry detergent with water and mark them as ‘cleaning water’ and store them with your other water supplies.

5. Have hand sanitizer available.

6. Cleaning wipes will come in handy!

PRO TIP:  Use tape to wrap around facets  and handles to disable them.  Put BIG signs reminding people NOT to use tap water.   People are so used to using water from the tap, that it is simply second nature to reach for the faucet.

Survive  A Boil Notice By Storing Water

Do you know how to figure out how much water per family member to store?  Our post on Calculating Drinking Water has done the math for you!

Next, you’ll want to know how to fill soda bottles and larger containers with safe drinking water for storage.   We’ll walk you through it in our Emergency Drinking Water and Storage post.

Think A Boil Notice Can’t Happen To You?

Emergency water boil notices are issued hundreds of times a week all though out the country. Sometimes they only last a day or two. Often they last longer. For Preppers water storage must be a priority in order for your family to survive a boil notice.

Has your family ever lived someplace where the tap water was not safe to drink?  How did you provide clean drinking water for your family?

Emergency Drinking Water Storage

Emergency drinking water storage.  It’s one of the most important first steps to take in being prepared.  If there is a topic I get the most questions about, water storage would rank in the top 10.   Let me see if I can answer some of the frequently asked questions and set you on the path for two weeks worth of stored water for you and your family.

Emergency Drinking Water Storage


How Much Emergency Drinking Water Do You Need?

The general rule of thumb for drinking water storage is one Gallon Of Water Per Person Per Day.  We did the math for you a while back to help you figure out how much emergency water your family needs if you are just getting started.

If you live in a hot climate, you’ll want to think about storing 2 gallons of water per person per day.  And don’t forget your pets.  They need emergency drinking water too.

Remember, this is just water for consumption.  If you need to clean, or need water to flush a toilet, you’ll need more than this.

Storing Water in Plastic Containers.

You can safely store water in BPA Free Plastic. Make sure any plastic you choose to store water in is Food Grade Plastic, sterilized and stored out of direct light in a climate controlled area of your home.

The humble 2 liter soda bottle or juice bottle is a good option for budget Preppers.  Easy to store, basically free, and good to grab with your 72 hour Kits to head to your Safe Room as part of your Tornado Survival Checklist For Families.

The flip side of storing water in recycled plastic bottles includes the necessity of rotating your 2 liter bottles every 6 months to a year and concerns of residual bacteria if you don’t clean out your bottles well enough.

Remember to clean each container with a weak bleach solution before filling and rotate your water bottle frequently.

Pro Tip:  Do NOT store water in empty milk bottle type containers. They WILL leak, creating a mini-flood where your emergency water storage used to be.

How To Store Emergency Drinking Water

Emergency Water Storage In 5 Gallon Containers Waterbricks and Barrels.

A cheaper alternative is to purchase the *this post contains affiliate links 5 gallon water jugs  that are available in camping sections, and in my area, grocery stores.

We’ve boiled our water, added it to the jugs and stored them in our basement.    Once filled these jugs are HEAVY and aren’t something you can stack or move around easily.   You can find 5 gallon water jugs in stackable versions too.  (waterbricks)

Finally, many people choose to store large amounts of water in garages using 55 Gallon Water Drums.

PRO TIP:  Add Water Preserver to your 55 Gallons of water to keep it fresh tasting and safe.

Emergency Water Storage: Commercially Bottled Water

Another option is buying bottles of water from the grocery store.  Great tasting, easy to rotate (still need to be rotating every 6 to 12 months) and easy to store.

You need to be careful about where you store them as they can freeze and leach chemicals from the plastic into the water in hot weather.

Again, we did the math for you a while back to help you figure out how much emergency water your family needs if you are just getting started.

Other Options For Emergency Drinking Water Storage

I love having options for emergency water storage. I don’t store my emergency water in just one way, I prefer the ‘layered’ approach. Meaning, I have water stored in 5 gallon containers, big blue barrels, water bottles, etc.

Two other ways I have emergency water storage include:

Datrex Emergency Survival Water Pouches I’m a HUGE fan of having these in my 72 Hour Kits. They can mold around other items in my kit. They are a terrific single serving size. If you need to share, it’s easy to give away just one pack of water. And, after they have reached your expiration date, you can still use them for cleaning.

Blue Can – Premium Emergency Drinking Water How about a can of water that lasts FIFTY YEARS? Sign me up! With Blue Can you never have to worry about leaks, or the need to rotate your water storage.  One case of water is enough to last one person 4 days.

A terrific addition to your emergency drinking water storage. And, BONUS no BPA worries!

That Wasn’t Hard Now, Was It?

Emergency drinking water storage doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  Clean, BPA Free, Food Grade Plastic containers, kept out of direct sunlight, properly rotated.

There!  You are one step further to keeping your family safe during an emergency!


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