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How are you guys storing water? I live in Phoenix and am looking for a reliable long term storage way on how to store water. Storing it inside would not be ideal due to space, but storing it in the garage or the backyard I worry about due to the heat. I have stocked up on water bottles and gallon jugs of water from the grocery store for a short term disaster, but I need a larger supply, say 50-100 gallons to be safe. I live by myself so I am not worried about having to supply others. I am looking for how you guys store your water.
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Is the soil in Phoenix rock hard like around Tucson? You could make it your life's work to dig a small hole. I do know that people have dug basements in Tucson, but it is very rare. I don't know how this compares to Phoenix. Underground is good, but not if you work day after day for very little progress.
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The ground here is Phoenix is rock hard. It is mostly clay and rock. Burying it would take so type of machinery.
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You could look into these types of containers, although this would be inside storage - which would take up space:

http://www.preparewise.com/stackable...FQGVfgodKTwA_w

WalMart also sells 3.8 gallon stackables - maybe use them as end tables or something.
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The garage would be fine in the right container.. Just get some food grade 55 gallon barrels or a big plastic tote.
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The garage would be fine in the right container.. Just get some food grade 55 gallon barrels or a big plastic tote.
I have 2 wells with a combined volume of 120 gpm with zero draw-down. I ordered one of these from COSTCO. It stays in my garage for emergency drinking water. If the power goes out, I don't want to start a generator to power the well just for a drink of water.

Buy one of these:
http://www.costco.com/Nutristore%e2%....11766218.html
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It seems to me that the Costco boxes are a less expensive option than the ones above. $149 for 5 20 gallon boxes vs $68 for 1 30 gallon box.
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You can find 275gal. tote containers on craigslist. I've been using these for water storage in my backyard.

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We have hauled water here, the black poly tanks are good for storage as no uv can get to the water. The clear poly tank that I was for rain catch does go green with the uv.

So outside is fine as long as you can keep the uv out. The 275 gallon IBC totes are fine if food grade and you paint the poly tank black. Food grade can be had from tank n barrel in the Phoenix area.

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Get a pool Granted the higher priced option!, but I have 12,000 gallons of drinking water after it goes through my berkey filters.

No way could you dig a hole to fit 5 gallon drums without machinery. I dug a 3 foot deep pond that was about 800 gallons a few years back because the wife wanted it...I was ready to bury her in the hole when I got done!! A pick axe and a shovel only.

It's funny because I was digging the hole and that's when we felt that little earth quake a few years back and I looked at her and asked if I was rocking...I thought I was passing out. Then I saw my pool splashing over the sides and I told her we just had a little earth quake.
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I have a 2-3,000 gallon well storage tanks, that will soon be linked into a 2,500 gallon overflow tank, and then to a 5,000 gallon overflow freshwater tank next to a 5,000 rainwater tank, with it's overflow piped to 2-5,000 gallon grey water tanks for gardens, and stuff.

Do you think maybe I've overdone it?

We'll see.

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I have a 2-3,000 gallon well storage tanks, that will soon be linked into a 2,500 gallon overflow tank, and then to a 5,000 gallon overflow freshwater tank next to a 5,000 rainwater tank, with it's overflow piped to 2-5,000 gallon grey water tanks for gardens, and stuff.

Do you think maybe I've overdone it?

We'll see.

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Can you ever really over do water?

For the first post: Just get rainwater tanks, don't know how much they cost there but the common 10,000 litre (2641 Gallon) rain water tanks here cost about $1500 plus all the setup to install them.

Chuck in one of those and add a second one for overflow when you can afford it.
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your hot water heater is a potable water storage tank assuming electrical power and city water is not available. It's sealed and has a drain valve. I'm not saying it is ideal, but it is there as a backup. Just food for thought.
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Is the soil in Phoenix rock hard like around Tucson? You could make it your life's work to dig a small hole. I do know that people have dug basements in Tucson, but it is very rare. I don't know how this compares to Phoenix. Underground is good, but not if you work day after day for very little progress.
My dad dug a hole for a septic tank in Tucson, this was back in the old days (probably before Rancher), he went down to Ronstadt's Hardware store in downtown Tucson and bought dynamite, and yes that was Linda's daddy's store (probably before Linda). Who today would have thunk that you could buy dynamite at a hardware store?

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The totes that mtPockets mentioned can be gotten at Tank-n-Barrel in Apache Junction or in Mesa- check out their web site http://www.tanknbarrel.com/. We have these in our garage.
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I started my hole, then filled it with water from the garden hose. It took a while, but was easy digging. I have two craigslist 275 gallon tanks buried side by side under four feet of dirt. a 12 Volt pump brings the water out for use. I couldn't get a backhoe into the back yard here in Tempe.
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I live in the boonies of NW Arizona. We have a 2500 gallon underground tank. It's a water haul area.
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I have couple 55 gallon drums sitting in the shade of the rose bushes against the back wall, and a couple of 15 gallon drums in the shade against the house. A few 5 gallon cans as well.

You can always treat water by my reckoning. I don't know how tasty or potable mine is as I write (I did hit it with a few capfuls of bleach before sealing), but between chemicals, filtering, and boiling, I know I have water for a month or so on hand. The key is to have water to treat in the first place.

Yes, the neighbor's pool is the next best source in the Phoenix-metro area.

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Install a larger, or second, water heater,
& put a 275 gallon tote in the back yard.
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