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7 Ways to Store Water Discretely

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An adequate supply of water is critical to any survival situation, but if you’ve already begun storing water, you’ve probably realized it’s not as easy as it sounds.

Most of us don’t have a lot of space—especially those of us with kids, so creative ways to store water can make a big difference in how much you can store. It’s equally important to store it discreetly so that all of your neighbors don’t mob your house begging for your water. As a prepper, you’ve probably heard the “if there’s ever an emergency, I’m coming to your house” line more times than you can remember.

Garden Pond

These are pretty common even at modestly priced homes, so they won’t draw much attention when times are good. However, once a disaster strikes and people need water, your pond will become a target, so be sure to bring the water inside. It will need to be filtered before drinking.

Swimming Pool

Most people don’t think of their pool as a source of water, but the average pool contains about 20,000 gallons of clean, chlorinated water—far more than you’re likely to ever need. I would advise running it through a quality water filter before drinking or cooking with it because of the heavy concentration of chemicals.

Garbage Can

We’ve all heard about people getting fined for collecting rainwater on their own property, so let’s try to avoid that by using garbage cans instead of rain barrels. The key is to avoid the kind with wheels because the bottom has holes for the axle, and use a lid to reduce contamination.

Tote Bin

Though not the perfect long-term water storage solution, plastic tote bins can be filled right before an emergency, such as when a hurricane is inbound or rioting begins. I don’t recommend stacking them more than two high because at about 8.5 pounds per gallon, the weight adds up pretty quickly.

Water Bed

Waterbeds can hold up to 400 gallons, but some contain toxic chemicals that can’t be fully removed by most filters. If you plan to use a water bed in your home as an emergency resource, drain it yearly and refill it with fresh water containing two ounces of bleach per 120 gallons.

Rainwater Hog

The Rainwater Hog is a rain barrel shaped to fit in more discrete locations, such as under porches, decks, or even underground.


It’s tough to beat a cistern for water storage because they hold a tremendous volume of water and they can be buried underground. The only downside is that they require a lot of work to install.

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    • Dustdevil

      If you own property, the best thing you can do, is invest in a large 1,000-3,000 gallon in-ground cistern. You can get the cisterns for about $1-per-gallon in size, and either a rental backhoe or a friend with equipment can help you dig it and bury it in a day’s time. DO NOT PERMIT THE WORK, simply do it and re-sod in that same day (around the clock work, or not). Overrun the PVC pipe to it if you have to, and do your top-side plumbing discretely as time permits. Ideally, you make it in-line pass-thru, to your water source, too. That way, if the water goes ‘out’, you can simply sump from it to your house until the cistern is drawn down. Water comes back up, you refill.

      If you permit this work, or tell many others you have had it done, or if it is visible, you run a great risk of local water violations, depending on where you live. While it’s nice to live where I do, where this is not an issue, I know of several places that this borders a felony, to hoard water in such a cistern system. Then again, keeping you as their slave, dependent on them at all times, is what they really want anyhow.

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