Tired of Rotating Your Water All the Time? Me Too.
Storing water is a huge part of every emergency plan. Like we have discussed in this blog before, you got to have water and preferably a lot of it. But storing a lot of water presents a major problem: rotation. As most of you know, water is very heavy. It weighs a little more than 8 lbs. per gallon. To put that into perspective, your 55 gallon water barrel when completely full weighs more than 450 lbs. Yikes! That is a back ache waiting to happen if you try to move it. And getting the water out of it to rotate can be just as difficult.
Keep in mind that untreated water that is stored in a cool area away from direct sunlight in opaque containers needs to rotated at least annually. Some municipalities do a good job of treating their drinking water and so it might extend that shelf life, but as a general rule, water stored in that way, should be rotated annually.
But rotating water (especially annually) is a pain. And because of that you and I both know that it doesn’t happen as often as it should. With that in mind, let me give you a few suggestions to help with water rotation. Hope they help.
1. When you store water use a Water Preserver –
www.TheReadyStore.com sells a Water Preserver that is designed to treat up to 55 gallons of water and extends the shelf of the water to 5 years! I’ll take 5 years over 1 year any day. So in all of your storage containers, use a Water Preserver to extend the shelf life and not have to rotate as often.
2. Store water in smaller containers–
A 5 gallon stackable water container will slightly more expensive up front, but you will rotate the water much more easily and as a result much more often.
3. Buy a siphon pump –
I have an inexpensive siphon pump that works awesome. It screws into the top of my 55 gallon water barrel and once it is primed that water just keeps on flowing. It makes emptying my barrel so much easier and as a result, I rotate more often.
4. Keep you water storage in a place where it is easy to rotate the water –
Have a drain close by or access to the outside where you can dump your water and easily replenish it with new water.Updated March 10, 2009