Did you know that after three days with no water your kidneys can have irreversible damage. Start saving your water! I have had two 55 gallon water drums for about three years… and… they were still empty up until last week. Yes, I am a slacker!
The 55 gallon water drums cost about $60+ each for a new one. If you do a web search, you can buy the 55 gallon water drums cheaper if you buy them used. The most I’ve ever paid for these water drums is $16. Yippee!!
- Clean the drums to disinfect the inside of them by filling the water drum about 1/4 of the way with water and 1/2 cup of unscented bleach.
- After adding the bleach, roll the water drum back and forth so that the entire inside of the drum gets cleaned. (Great fun chore for kids, at least my kid enjoyed it )
- Let the water solution sit in there for about 24 hrs (in the sun) then dump that water out.
- Add 1 cup of unscented bleach and then fill the drum with water using a water hose BUT first find the spot where you will store the water drums, because when it’s full of water, it will weigh about 400 lbs and unless you’re a super hero, you won’t be able to move it. (learn from my mistake. I did this in my previous home). Also, make sure the water drum is not sitting on hot concrete. A pallet, 2×4’s or something that can sit between the hot concrete and the drums would be ideal.
Once it’s full, tighten the cap to close the water drum. If possible, try not to leave it in direct sunlight. (Living in Phoenix, it’s kind of difficult) E
- Make sure to rotate the water supply out every 2 – 3 years.