JUMPSTART: Water3 – Storage and Collection

July 2, 2013

in Jumpstart, Water

JUMPSTART is a survival methodology that includes consideration of others around us who are either not aware of the need to prepare for emergencies or have made a decision to lower the priority of that need.
For an introduction see: JUMPSTART: Overview

This is the third part of a series of five articles on Water.

Inventory – Storage

Here are typical volumes for containers commonly used to store water:

  • Soda bottles = 2 liters (½ gallon)
  • Tea jugs = 1 gallon (4 liters)
  • “Homer” buckets = 5 gallons
  • Tubs and totes ~ 10 gals → 50 gals
  • Average BathTub (BT) ~ 50 gallons
    (see tub size calculator)
  • Large soaking tub ~ 100 gallons
    (see tub size calculator)
  • IBC tote = 275 gallons (plastic w/aluminum frame)

In order to store a certain amount of water, we will need a certain number of containers according to their capacity. In real life, this will most likely be a combination of many different container types, so we need to inventory our own collection of containers and adjust this list as needed:

  • 45 gals: 1 BathTub (BT) or Barrel (Brl), jugs and bottles as needed
  • 90 gals: 2 BT or Brls, Tubs/Totes, others as needed
  • 180 gals 4 BT/Brls, T/T, others
  • *270 gals 1 IBC tote, BT/Brls, T/T, others
  • 540 gals 2 IBC tote, etc…
  • Indefinite = collection, storage, purification

180 gallons is the minimum storage requirement for our key tipping point of 90 days, but that is for drinking only. Since we are unlikely to be able to anticpate severe drought ahead of time, it is wiser to plan for 270 gals (drinking plus other) as a minimum storage level.

Production – Collection

  • FIRST – fill all containers (bathtubs, sinks, totes…) from the tap while there is still water pressure.
  • Place buckets, totes, tubs under gutter downspouts to collect rain fall.
  • Transfer rain water from collection points to storage points using whatever means is available – buckets, hoses, pipes/pumps.
  • Address purification needs (SODIS, filtering, chlorine)
  • Update water storage inventory
  • Stockpile extra resources for sharing – bottles, jugs, buckets, totes, tubs, barrels, chlorine, filters.
  • Engage community effort – utilize large reservoirs such as pools, cisterns, barrels. Co-ordinate collection, purification, and distribution process.

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