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anthonyca
10-13-2011, 8:50 PM
How much water do you store? How many people will it serve? How do you store it?

paul0660
10-13-2011, 8:52 PM
In my neighbors pool. 25,000 gallons.

Yes I did ask him.

damon1272
10-13-2011, 8:58 PM
120 gals, lasts a few weeks. Neighbors have wells and pools.

TurboChrisB
10-13-2011, 8:58 PM
I have about 250 gallons at my bug out location. Its cases of 2 gallon jugs. My goal is 4 people and a child for 30 days. I "think" I'm covered for a gal a day per person plus cooking and cleaning and sanitary purposes.....

rspar
10-13-2011, 8:59 PM
Don't drink pool water not potable water.

~375 gallons

Yugo
10-13-2011, 9:03 PM
Not enought BUT this condo has a pool and 40 units and 38 of them are sheep homes so I potentially have a large pool cause I don't thing any one here is smart enough to figure it out.

DannyInSoCal
10-13-2011, 9:03 PM
Enough for 45 days.

My unarmed neighbors have the rest....

Dutch3
10-13-2011, 9:29 PM
~200 gallons drinkable + 3000 gallon small pool for general use, flushing toilets, etc. 30 days for 3 people, give or take.

five.five-six
10-13-2011, 9:33 PM
32 gal purified in holding tank, an RO membrane and 5# of DI resin = a lot of water

DiscoBayJoe
10-13-2011, 9:35 PM
The Back Door of my house is about 20 ft away from a large body of freshwater (the Delta),; it's not potable as-is, but it's water. I have a RO unit, a generator, and a sump pump. I need to invest in a something like a Berkey and then i'd have a virtually unlimited supply.

theduece
10-13-2011, 9:37 PM
20,000gallons in the pool. Hopefully not for drinking/cooking but if needed it is there.

CAL.BAR
10-13-2011, 9:50 PM
45,000 gallons. I keep it in the backyard.

rspar
10-13-2011, 10:10 PM
100,000 gallons of pool water = ZERO DRINKING WATER unless you could distill it.

Ripon83
10-13-2011, 10:18 PM
I'm on the Stanislaus. For here I bought one of these for $33 and it's good to 3,000 gallons....
http://www.homespunenvironmental.com/product_p/bc-0102.htm
You still need buckets and a treatment chemical like chlorine or HTC.

For the BOL where there are creeks, ponds and springs we bought a Katadyn Gravtyn for about $200. Good for 39,000 gallons but limited to 12/15 gallons a day. Itsa life timer, but still need the chemical treatment




The Back Door of my house is about 20 ft away from a large body of freshwater (the Delta),; it's not potable as-is, but it's water. I have a RO unit, a generator, and a sump pump. I need to invest in a something like a Berkey and then i'd have a virtually unlimited supply.

sholling
10-13-2011, 11:34 PM
100,000 gallons of pool water = ZERO DRINKING WATER unless you could distill it.
Unless I'm missing something it's not potable because of the high chlorine content. That will dissipate over a couple of weeks but you're right it will need to be boiled or at least filtered well.

OP I keep about 30gal of drinking water on hand but I also have a a WaterBOB that I can fill if I get a few minutes warning. In a pinch I'm just barely within old guy bicycle range of the reservoir.

11HE9
10-13-2011, 11:44 PM
110 gallons (to be upgraded soon) in barrels for flushing toilets if electricity goes out. Potable water is in the ground until needed, and we have a generator if the power goes out to run the well. Working on "Plan B" for the well if SHTF is long term, and feeding the generator gets difficult.

*edit*

We also have a river within a 30 minute walk if things get desperate

awall919
10-13-2011, 11:48 PM
Would filtering pool water with a .5 micron filter make it safe to drink? I have a Katyden (i think thats the proper spelling), camping/backpacking h2o filter. Safe or bad idea?
Thought I would ask since many people have posted pool water and I have a pool myself.

11HE9
10-13-2011, 11:58 PM
Would filtering pool water with a .5 micron filter make it safe to drink? I have a Katyden (i think thats the proper spelling), camping/backpacking h2o filter. Safe or bad idea?
Thought I would ask since many people have posted pool water and I have a pool myself.

I have two Katadyn systems (love'em), I don't remember if they filter out chlorine or not. You may need to seperate the chlorine out through distillation (boiling) to be on the safe side.

k1dude
10-14-2011, 1:44 AM
Trust me. If the SHTF, your pool water will be drinkable. There won't be any power to run the pump/filter, so it will become stagnant with no chemicals left after a few days. Then you just boil or use your backpacking/emergency filter just like any other pond, puddle, or stream you would come across.

problemchild
10-14-2011, 3:17 AM
Not enought BUT this condo has a pool and 40 units and 38 of them are sheep homes so I potentially have a large pool cause I don't thing any one here is smart enough to figure it out.

They will all be taking baths in your drinking water. Good luck with that........


Good read on pool water.......

http://wethearmed.com/index.php?topic=4755.0

stix213
10-14-2011, 3:42 AM
80 Gallons - an over two month supply for me and the dog. Its in 1 gallon stackable Arrowhead water bottles, and several cases of the 16.9oz bottles.

I also have the Petaluma river not far, and a 6 month supply of Chlorine Dioxide tabs, plus my backpacking water filter too.

I basically add 5 gallons to the supply every time I go to safeway lately. I plan to get it up past 150 Gallons, and I'll be feeling pretty good about my situation.

KevinB
10-14-2011, 8:06 AM
Unlimited, I have a small spring on my property.

glockman19
10-14-2011, 9:36 AM
50 gallons of arrowhead and a 30,000 gallon pool

Ark
10-14-2011, 9:39 AM
treated 42 in Qty 6 7-gal containers - Wife and 1 child

http://www.usahardware.com/products/manufacturers/united/images/e5150180.gif

Jeepers
10-14-2011, 9:44 AM
lots underground ..... well water with generator backup

3000 gallons in 2 1500 gallon storage tanks plus the pressure system so about 3100 gallons

and the trinity river 3 mins away from the property ...

mej16489
10-14-2011, 11:31 AM
Man, you guys have some huge pools - mine is 'average' sized at ~18,000 gallons. I have everything necessary to use it for emergency water.

nrgcruizer
10-14-2011, 11:47 AM
I marked the San Pablo Dam reservoir. It's about 2 miles from my house. I also marked the Pacific Ocean and 2 small creeks that runs along my house. I figured I can always try to distill the ocean water and make salt as a bi-product for trade. I can probably barter the rest of the water for food & ammo.

OffGrid
10-14-2011, 11:53 AM
5,400 gal storage tank for the house off of 1st well with 150' of line to the house at a good elevation for gravity feed if the pressure system fails. (enough gravity pressure to use shower)

3,000 gal storage tank by 2nd well.

3 water troughs ranging from 150 to 300 gallons.

Few cases of bottles stored in shop.

redking
10-14-2011, 11:59 AM
My parents have a well... chickens... goats... they are decently self sufficent, if shtf I go there...

They also have a shed stockpiled with food.

Cnynrat
10-14-2011, 12:05 PM
110 gallons in two 55 gal containers

50 gallons stored in the water tank in my camper

19 gallons stored in the water tank in my off-road trailer

That's 179 total, plus we usually have 3-5 5 gallon containers of drinking water at any given time.

smle-man
10-14-2011, 12:10 PM
Don't forget your water heater whan determining how much water you have on hand. I've got a 30'x 10' pool (no idea how many gallons) 55 gallon drum, 70 gallon water heater, and each vehicle has a gallon of water expect for the jeep that has 4 gallons. The pool water will be great for washing, flushing toilets, etc. The chlorine will eventually dissapate and allow the remaining water to be used for drinking but it will be a green smelly swamp by then!

mej16489
10-14-2011, 12:17 PM
Don't forget your water heater whan determining how much water you have on hand. I've got a 30'x 10' pool (no idea how many gallons) 55 gallon drum, 70 gallon water heater, and each vehicle has a gallon of water expect for the jeep that has 4 gallons. The pool water will be great for washing, flushing toilets, etc. The chlorine will eventually dissapate and allow the remaining water to be used for drinking but it will be a green smelly swamp by then!

http://www.conelyco.com/Pool-Spa/gallons.htm

stilagrrl
10-14-2011, 1:57 PM
Potable Water:
1100 gallons in four IBC tanks
165 gallons in three 55 gallon water barrels
70 gallons in 10 seven gallon Aquatainers

Non-Potable Water:
330 gallons of captured rain water in 55 gallon water barrels

lwbyo1
10-14-2011, 2:50 PM
Here's a filter you should check out if you have a pool you're going to use for emergency drinking water:

http://www.calquakeinlandempire.com/storetitles/water/biopump.html

Plus they have a 28oz water bottle/filter they sell that will also remove Radiological contaminants:

http://www.calquakeinlandempire.com/storetitles/water/radfltrbottle.html

Iskra
10-14-2011, 3:13 PM
60 gallons in 5-gal water cooler bottles. 4 people, 1-gal per day for 15 days. Its all that fits (with 4 rubbermaids full of canned / dried food and 2 full of blankets, tarps, rope, etc. in a concrete storage bunker I formed & poured under the stairs. 5' high 8" thick concrete walls on a 12" pad with rebar in everything - no earthquake is taking that down.

Every 5 years I empty the old bottles in the garden, sign up for new service, order 12 bottles, then cancel the service the next month. Polycarbonate is the safest plastic for long-term storage with no leaching.

After 15 days its iodine tabs, Katadyn filters, and the Bay or reservoirs if it comes to that.

safewaysecurity
10-14-2011, 3:17 PM
Very clean well water.

rspar
10-14-2011, 3:24 PM
Here's a filter you should check out if you have a pool you're going to use for emergency drinking water:

http://www.calquakeinlandempire.com/storetitles/water/biopump.html

Plus they have a 28oz water bottle/filter they sell that will also remove Radiological contaminants:

http://www.calquakeinlandempire.com/storetitles/water/radfltrbottle.html

That should/might make pool water drinkable. Think of it this way depending on where you live your pool evaporates it's entire volume in a year and is refilled with tap water. Sounds good until you figure in that all the bad stuff in our water doesn't evaporate!!! So if the water in your pool is 10 years old everything is 10 times higher. Now then there's other thing in there Cyanuric Acid is one that's what keeps the chlorine in the water. Plus every algaecide you have put in many of which are Copper Sulfate or Colloidal Silver both toxic chemicals.

QQQ
10-14-2011, 3:25 PM
Aside from what's in the toilet reservoir and water heater, I have about 30 gallons stored away. Keeping more is unfortunately not an option due to my living situation.

Also, you can drink pool water for a short while. It is not a good idea to rely on a pool, however, for long-term hydration purposes, since the safety of drinking high-chlorine (>4ppm) water for extended periods has not been firmly established, and by the time the chlorine dissipates, you can start getting bacterial growth.

puropuro
10-14-2011, 5:05 PM
300+ gallons in 55-gallon barrels, and one 15 gallon barrel. If that isn't enough, I don't want to live to see what is...

Cokebottle
10-14-2011, 5:18 PM
Enough for 45 days.

My unarmed neighbors have the rest....
LOL!

Pretty much it here.

I have 40 gallons in the water heater, plus a condo pool for bathing/flushing.

Toyman321
10-15-2011, 11:45 AM
I've got 400 gallons in the shed, 10 in each car and roughly 5,000 in the pond.... granted I really wouldn't want to drink the pond water, but I've got a filter if needed. On a related note, anyone know what Koi taste like?

puropuro
10-15-2011, 11:51 AM
...anyone know what Koi taste like?
I'd guess similar to carp.

GrizzlyGuy
10-15-2011, 11:52 AM
Right now I have an infinite supply of clean water from a year-round spring. In a few weeks when I move, I'll have a well and around 431,000 gallons in a small pond. The pond will also serve as a food storage container (trout). The minnows that live there now are going to be hatin' life next spring when I plant the trout. :43:

On a related note, anyone know what Koi taste like?

I don't know, the prior owner had koi in the pond but the bears ate them all. I guess the answer is that they taste really-really good to bears.

Excitable Boy
10-15-2011, 11:59 AM
About 100 gallons between two 30 gallon water barrels and a bunch of 2.5 gallon Arrowhead containers. Probably another 10 gallons in small bottles between the cases in the garage and whats in the cars. Add in the hot water heater and I'm guessing 150 gallons total. I figure about 30 days worth for the wife and I and our pets. We also have a couple of Katadyn Combi filters for what we can scrounge if that runs low.

TheChief
10-15-2011, 5:37 PM
165g in 3-55g drums
40g in 8-5g bottles
80g in the water heater
~10g between the cars, INCH, and misc water bottles in cases
Total of 295g

And if there is time before the event to collect water...

320g in 4-80g WaterBOBs at 80g each
~200g in 4 trash cans with contractor bag barrel liners (while not potable, can be used to flush toilet, wash dishes (with a follow on clean water rinse), bath, etc)
Total of 520g

At one gallon per person per day that is few months worth already stored away. Add the WaterBOBs and that doubles the time.

Steve1968LS2
10-15-2011, 9:24 PM
310 in a large tank.. drinkable
55 in another tank (inside a shed)
20 in various smaller containers
The typical "whats in the toilet tanks and water heater"
800 gallons in the hot tub.

Now the hot tub should be drinkable with some work.. it uses no chemicals, just the ozone deal and the silver ions. But in the very least it's good for hygine and flushing, etc.

Have a WaterBOB, but that depends on getting it deployed and filled.. not a sure thing in an earthquake.

I have enough to outlast my neighbors.. ;)

SVRider
10-16-2011, 9:03 AM
Right now I have an infinite supply of clean water from a year-round spring. In a few weeks when I move, I'll have a well and around 431,000 gallons in a small pond. The pond will also serve as a food storage container (trout). The minnows that live there now are going to be hatin' life next spring when I plant the trout. :43:



I don't know, the prior owner had koi in the pond but the bears ate them all. I guess the answer is that they taste really-really good to bears.

GrizzlyGuy, have you ever seen the concept of "Aquaponics"? They create a balanced system of aquatic life (fish, prawns, etc.) balanced with plants, so you get continuous supply of both greens/vegetables and proteins (tilapia, etc.). People build systems from small backyard size (~100gal) up to semi-commercial level.

I saw a show a few months back where people were building the systems. The water from the fish basically becomes fertilizer for the plants which helps filter the toxins (ammonia, etc.) out of the water before it goes back to the fish.

Here is a link to some info:

http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/component/content/article/4/54-basics.html

glock21fan
10-16-2011, 7:30 PM
two 55 gal food grade drums full (cycle out every 6 months or so) 50 more gallons in 1 gallon jugs (sparklets, arrowhead, walmart brand etc) also whatever is in water heater and toilette

ExtremeX
10-16-2011, 7:37 PM
honestly... not enough

I need to update my SHTF planning...

GrizzlyGuy
10-16-2011, 7:43 PM
GrizzlyGuy, have you ever seen the concept of "Aquaponics"? They create a balanced system of aquatic life (fish, prawns, etc.) balanced with plants, so you get continuous supply of both greens/vegetables and proteins (tilapia, etc.). People build systems from small backyard size (~100gal) up to semi-commercial level.

I saw a show a few months back where people were building the systems. The water from the fish basically becomes fertilizer for the plants which helps filter the toxins (ammonia, etc.) out of the water before it goes back to the fish.

Here is a link to some info:

http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/component/content/article/4/54-basics.html

Wow, thanks, that is very cool. I'm definitely going to have to look into this. I have plenty of room around the pond and my wife wanted to put in a garden anyway. This method looks like it could produce a lot of food and keep the other food (the fishies) happy at the same time. :)

cannon
10-16-2011, 8:00 PM
At home 5000 gal above ground and an ocean of it under. Well and back up generator to keep it coming.

BOL has 15,000 gal in three tanks.

More importantly I have been going to Bevmo and laying in martini supplies.

TheChief
10-17-2011, 8:27 AM
two 55 gal food grade drums full (cycle out every 6 months or so) 50 more gallons in 1 gallon jugs (sparklets, arrowhead, walmart brand etc) also whatever is in water heater and toilette

Why do you cycle the water out every six months? Are you aware of the water treatments that will keep the water potable for 5 years?

Purogene
http://www.amazon.com/ER-Emergency-Ready-2DQK-Concentrate/dp/B0007VSMKW/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1318865183&sr=8-1-fkmr1

ireload
10-17-2011, 8:47 AM
two 55 gal food grade drums full (cycle out every 6 months or so) 50 more gallons in 1 gallon jugs (sparklets, arrowhead, walmart brand etc) also whatever is in water heater and toilette


I'm able to push my stored water up to 3 years before cycling. I currently have 2 of 5 gallon containers that were filled back in 2006. Those containers are pending water testing. But I take steps in preventing any contaminants that can get inside the container.

mjmagee67
10-17-2011, 9:00 AM
I feel so un-watered! I have 10 gal in bottles, 55 gal in the water-heater tank, what ever is in the tanks on the toilets (yes that is clean water) and a hiking water filter w/ an extra filter element---that goes along with the pools in the area and the stream with in 2 miles from my house. I got enuff at my disposal.

yelohamr
10-17-2011, 5:56 PM
Some people I know buy wine in a box. When the wine is gone, I get the empty plastic containers, clean them out and fill with 5 liters of filtered water. If needed, this water will be used for drinking and cooking.

I painted 2 of the containers black, to heat up in sunlight and can be used to shower.

Joewy
10-17-2011, 6:48 PM
I got 3 inches of snow yesterday. Does that count....

akjunkie
10-17-2011, 7:11 PM
I have 3 Full baths in my home.
SHTF i can dedicate two bath tubs for the Water Bob.

http://www.campingsurvival.com/waemdrwast.html

yelohamr
10-18-2011, 5:52 PM
... On a related note, anyone know what Koi taste like?

Carp.

Cokebottle
10-18-2011, 6:11 PM
Carp.
Dyslexic much? :D ;)

anthonyca
10-18-2011, 6:26 PM
honestly... not enough

I need to update my SHTF planning...

That's why I asked. I know people with two months of food and two days of water.

ExtremeX
10-18-2011, 6:36 PM
I'm thinking it might be good to have a RO or DI water filtration system...

I'm not a water filtration expert when it comes to drinking water, but for people with large pools and other sources, would this not be a good option?

There is only so much water I can store, but having a filteration system, might be able to make potable water?

awall919
10-18-2011, 6:42 PM
Right now I have an infinite supply of clean water from a year-round spring.

If I could somehow make it the 50+ miles I would have an almost limitless qty of fresh water from an underground spring on our mtn property. The Big issue is getting to the property.

Cnynrat
10-18-2011, 6:47 PM
Some people I know buy wine in a box.

Wow, that's lame. :eek:

These are not the kind of people you want to rely on when the SHTF!

tgriffin
10-18-2011, 6:52 PM
About 7,000 gallons total available/stored water.

xrMike
10-19-2011, 1:25 PM
Dyslexic much? :D ;)

Heheh, now I know what koi (and carp) tastes like...