This question tends to come up a lot, and few aclltauy count the quite prodigious amount of water they already have on hand. You have a full hot water tank... View this product →Read full review
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This question tends to come up a lot, and few aclltauy count the quite prodigious amount of water they already have on hand. You have a full hot water tank (anywhere between 20 and 50 gallons), a bathtub that can be filled up (even better, get a Water Bob it'll keep that water clean), which gives you about 30-50 gallons more (typical suburban tub size you get that 50-gallon total by plugging the overflow vent and/or using a Water Bob). Your toilet tanks hold 5 gallons apiece (sometimes less for the high-efficiency models).In all, a sharp prepper with a 50 gallon hot water tank in a typical 3bd/1.5ba home should be able to rack up 110 gallons of potable water in less than 20 minutes not counting the 5 gallons or more resting inside the house plumbing in that house. You turn off the hot water tank and toilet water valves, fill the tub (with or without the water bob either way that is what will take the longest time to do), and you're good for a supply that can stretch (if needed) up to 220 person-days of potable water (1/2 gallon per day consumption). If you have two full baths, then you bring the total up to 160 gallons, or up to 320 person-days of potable water. That's enough to keep two people hydrated for just under six months.( and we haven't even counted the sinks, though you fill those up for washing water, since kitchen sinks contain a lot of germs, and bath sinks will be needed for washing. Other impromptu water storage bits include the washing machine, trash cans, those plastic storage tubs, etc.) Add in a decent backpacker's water filter or two, and you have the potential for a whole lot more if there is a river or stream nearby (hat tip to Nate, who bought up the need for a continuing supply of water).Overall, a decent stack of potable water is fairly easy to come by in most places if you're quick and sharp. I guess what I'm saying is that the only place you really need to worry as much about water is in more arid regions.Now if you live in an arid region (rainfall less than 20 inches per year avg.), then water preps had better be at the very top of your list higher than food. In such places, it pays to build and keep a full cistern in the basement 1,000 gallons would be a good start, because in arid regions you will be burning through a gallon per person, per day if not more during the summer.