I store my water in many different types of containers and also in different locations throughout my home and yard. I have water bottles in my car kits, 72-hour kits, under the stairs, and in the storage room. My 55 gallon drums are clearly staying outside while my juice and detergent (yes, laundry detergent bottles are great water storage containers. Don't rinse them, just fill up and use for cleaning water. Make sure to label them as water.) bottles are stored in the kitchen and storage room. I don't want to lose all of my water supply in case of an earthquake by storing all of my water in one location.
Rinse your juice/soda bottles with a little bleach and fill with tap water. Another myth out there about water storage is that you need to empty your water containers and refill them every six months. Guess what...you don't need to do that! The only situation that I would recommend changing the water is, if you have containers that sit in the sun and they go from extreme hot to cold. But other than that you can leave your water in a container for much longer than previously thought. (yes I know there are expiration dates on water bottles, but come on, water doesn't expire) If the water needs to be consumed and it tastes stale just pour it between 2 containers to add some air back to it and it will taste better.
If you have no storage whatsoever, get water today!!!!! It is simple and in most cases free. We don't drink soda or juice so I ask at family parties for the empty soda and juice bottles. It is also a great way to be green and re-purpose an item.
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