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Indoor Emergency Water Storage Containers

Water jugs, water tanks, water bobs…

Water storage containers are essential for emergency preparedness.

You do NOT want to ever run out of water. When you’re out of water, things go downhill quickly. In the past year our well went out twice. It worked great for 25 years before the pump finally gave out. Then it went out a second time within the same year. It turns out that was an installer error.

Weeellll… that’s another story. If you have a well and want to read more about that, here’s our well story.

Whether you’re on a well or on city water, you need to be prepared for outages that leave you high and dry.


  • No flushing the toilet
  • No bathing
  • No brushing teeth
  • No coffee
  • No drinking water
  • No washing dishes
  • No washing clothes
  • No cooking most things
  • No good!!

Without water, things turn bad quickly. Remember Katrina? Major deep duty! So be prepared!! Keep stored drinking and potable water on hand. No, it’s not convenient to have water containers sitting around or in storage, but having water when you need it can be life or death at worse and a matter of convenience and cleanliness at best.

Here are the containers we’ve used so far that saved us when our wells went out, and when the power goes out in storms.

Water Storage Containers for Cooking and Drinking

100 Gallon Water Bob

This is a simple yet ingenious idea! Our largest water container, the Water BOB, is more like a soft water storage tank with a surprisingly large 100 gallon capacity. We had it only about half filled the last time our water went out but that really helped. We tend to keep it mostly full in an extra tub in the winter.

CAUTION: If you get one of these, be sure your floor can handle that extra weight! No one needs those horror stories of a waterbed… or tub, collapsed through the floor!

Water weighs 8.34 lbs per gallon, so 100 gallons weighs 834 lbs!!

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55 Gallon Water Drums

Like those blue 55 gallon barrels but food grade only.

If you have a basement for storing 55 gallon drums, these are definitely worth having on hand. Some of these food-grade drums come with pump kits, or you can purchase a siphon pump separately.

We have more on where to find free or cheap 55 gallon drums at the bottom in this article.


6 Gallon Water Jugs


We have two portable containers like the Jerry-can type 6 gallon jugs. Easy to handle and transport, these work really well. We plan to invest in a few more of these.

If you have a garden tub with a high faucet, they’re fit right under it for easy filling.


Water Bricks

When we build (or install) our greenhouse, we’re thinking to place wire shelving on top of “water bricks“, especially like these, which can stack so the caps are accessible on all sides for easier access, as well as spigot caps. That way our shelving supports would also serve double duty as stored water.

These water bricks are 3.5 gallons per brick and easily stack and link together.

Hmmm… these would likely add some nice passive solar heating benefit as water storage “walls” in a greenhouse too! (Places on wishlist and in Ideas Notebook)! ?

Btw… we use the Wisdom Journal for garden notes. It was created from quotes and tips from the GardensAll Facebook community!


1 Gallon Water Jugs

We also keep a few gallon water jugs around that we use for watering plants, and these are clean and drinkable as well. You can save money by reusing one gallon water jugs, especially the translucent spring water bottles and milk jugs. Since this is emergency water, it’s not like you’ll be drinking it everyday if you’re worried about the common issues with plastic and BPA’s.

Or if you want the safer plastic you can buy BPA free water jugs.

We’ve covered more on barrels and non-potable water storage in this article.

I you have well water or are considering drilling a well for preparedness and back up. You may enjoy this article on lessons from our well.


We also try to keep our water bottles filled and in the fridge, ideally two per person, but not every family member minds this advice. But just that… each person having their own drinking water for a day or two, helps. Our favorite bottles are the Camelbak Eddy, which has the straw, but these newer CamelBak Chutes look pretty cool.

We will be adding to this article over time as we acquire new information from our own experiences as well as contributions from the GardensAll community. So please let us know what you’re using for water storage and we’ll add it to this article!

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A few years ago I learned that the original Alderson Family Crest included the slogan: Semper Paratus. Turns out that’s latin for “Always prepared”. So… wishing you and yours abundant gardens and remember…

Semper Paratus… Always Prepared!

I’m LeAura Alderson, entrepreneur, ideator, media publisher, writer and editor of Pursuits in recent years have been more planting seeds of ideas for business growth more than gardening. However, I’ve always been interested in medicinal herbs and getting nutrition and healing from food over pharmacy. As a family we’re eager to dig more deeply into gardening and edible landscape for the love of fresh organic foods and self sustainability. We thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the creative ingenuity of the GardensAll community.

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