How Do Preppers Store Water?


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Are you a prepper looking to store water for an emergency?

Or maybe you’re just curious about how preppers store water?

Either way, you’ve come to the right place.

In this blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about storing water for emergencies.

How Much Water Should You Store?

The first question you might have is how much water you should store.

According to the CDC, you should store at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for 3 days for drinking and sanitation.

If possible, try to store a 2-week supply.

However, expert opinions differ, and some preppers recommend storing up to 5 gallons per person per day.

Ultimately, the amount you store depends on your needs and circumstances.

What Containers Should You Use?

Clean water should be stored in cleaned and sanitized food-grade plastic containers.

Food-grade plastic containers include any purchased glass or plastic containers that once held food or drinks.

New plastic water containers can also be purchased for water storage purposes.

When storing safe water, it is best to use food-grade water storage containers, which do not transfer toxic substances into the water they are holding. FDA-approved food-grade storage containers can be found at surplus or camping supply stores.

What Are Some Water Storage Solutions?

Bottled Water and Portable Water Containers

Most preppers store water by keeping packages of bottled water and filled portable water containers in their home.

This is a simple and easy solution that requires minimal preparation.

Water Storage Tanks

Water storage tanks are a more serious solution for preppers.

These tanks come in various sizes, from 15-gallon barrels to 275-gallon totes.

They can be stored on pallets or wooden planks.

Our favorite water storage tank is made by WaterPrepared.

We have 2 of the 160-gallon tanks in our basement and are quite pleased with the quality and accessibility that these tanks offer. WaterPrepared also sells 55-gallon tanks with the same easy-access spigots.


WaterBricks are sturdy plastic bricks that come in 1.6 and 3.5-gallon containers.

WaterBricks offer an optional spigot that allows for convenient water dispensing.

The WaterBrick design is unique and allows the containers to be stacked on top of each other, saving space.


Storing water for emergencies is an essential part of prepping.

You should store at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for 3 days for drinking and sanitation.

Food-grade plastic containers are the best containers to use for storing water.

Bottled water and portable water containers are a simple solution, while water storage tanks and WaterBricks are more serious solutions for preppers.