Never has emergency water storage been so important to me as when Hurricane Harvey left my town flooded with 8 feet of dirty river water. In the hours and days that followed, families were scrambling for drinking water of any kind. Thankfully, our home had been spared, so we spent the following days delivering cases of water to families busily mucking out their homes.
The water was gratefully received.
Back at my house, we had several cases of stored water set aside as well as a few 55-gallon drums filled extra water, just in case. Although we had never anticipated a record-setting flood like Harvey, we knew that clean drinking water is foundational to survival and having sources of emergency drinking water is life-savings.
For many people, those huge barrels are impractical, if you can even find low-cost barrels, and most bottles used for bottled water aren’t meant to last long term. So, what is a practical solution when you want to store a good amount of water but lack the space? The WaterBrick fills the bill perfectly.
The WaterBrick is a cleverly designed storage container made of nearly indestructible, BPA-free food-safe plastic. Each WaterBrick holds 3.5 gallons of water, which equates to about 27 pounds of carrying weight. I’m not particularly strong but can pretty easily carry one of these, unlike a filled 55-gallon barrel!
I have long recommended those barrels for a quick solution to massive water storage, but they aren’t practical for a lot of people. Filled, just one weighs almost 450 pounds, too heavy to store in some structures. They’re impossible to move, and for singles and senior citizens, they may not be a desirable solution anyway.
Because WaterBricks are much smaller, they can safely be stored anywhere. If you’re concerned about the weight of the water, just distribute the weight of the WaterBricks by stashing them in multiple locations.
These handy rectangular containers can be stacked, laid flat, and can even be lined up to create a barrier. The design allows the containers to be interlocked, which is a nice feature.
Beyond emergency water storage
I’ve found the WaterBrick to be extremely versatile with uses that go far beyond just storing water. Here are just a few.
- Fill WaterBricks with salt, sand or cat litter and keep them in the trunk of your car when it’s snowing in case extra traction is needed
- The WaterBrick is useful as an ammo can.
- Fill with any beverage for outdoor tailgating events. The WaterBrick spigot from Survival Frog makes a handy self-serve dispenser.
- Store emergency cash in the WaterBricks.
- Use WaterBricks to stack and build life-size forts that can change just as easily as your child’s imagination!
- WaterBricks can be stacked for big kids, too! They make walls for paintball fields.
- Organize and store small children’s toys, such as Lego.
- Stack two “walls” and add a piece of plywood on top for a custom-sized desk.
- Hang a WaterBrick from a tree when camping and use as a shower.
- Keep a filled WaterBrick in the back of your car for any emergency that may arise for washing hands, water for car, washing windshield, emergency water for a 72-hour car kit, staying cool on a hot day, etc.
- Store a WaterBrick under every sink in your home so you’ll have a ready emergency water supply right where it’s needed most.
- Store dry foods such as rice, wheat, cornmeal, and oats. The airtight, waterproof container keeps them safe from humidity. Add 750 cc oxygen absorbers to keep the food fresh for longterm storage.
- Important Documents – keeps papers dry during floods or storms.
- Great for taking water on camping trips where there isn’t drinking water available.
- Use to Weigh Down Car/Truck – Just add water, sand or salt and use to weigh down the back of a rear-wheel car or truck.
- Keep food cool longer during a blackout by keeping a frozen brick in the freezer. Then drink the water once thawed out.
- The WaterBrick makes a good Winter Emergency Kit – store and carry salt or sand for car tires stuck in the snow.
- Make a time capsule with the WaterBrick.
- Store valuables in the WaterBrick. An intruder will never think of looking in there.
- WaterBricks are so versatile, they are a good item for a recent graduate to take to college for their own emergency water storage.
- Place a frozen WaterBrick in your ice chest. It won’t soak your food as ice does and you will have cold water available when it thaws.
- The WaterBricks make a perfect gift for a housewarming, wedding, birthday, Christmas, etc. It can be a gift on its own or can be used as a “gift bag” for small emergency supplies, such as flashlights, paracord, multitool, etc.
- The WaterBricks can be used for picnics, parties, or to bring to work sites.
- Store for first aid items in WaterBricks. Label the outside.
- Use WaterBricks to make emergency kits for work, school, and home.
Your water storage goal should be at least 1 gallon per person per day. Example: A family of 4 will need to store 4 gallons of water per day multiplied by at least 7 days. That will give you a one-week supply of emergency water and you’ll need 8 WaterBricks for that amount.
For full information and training on how to store water, how to collect rainwater, and how to purify it, take my class, “Survival Begins With Water”. Class details and pricing here.
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