Water Purification and Storage

The critical first step in any prepper’s step toward personal preparedness – storing water and having the means to purify more.

Water Storage

55 Gallon Water Storage Barrel – These are the most common, larger-scale home water storage solution. People buy a few and store them in their basement.

AquaBrick Emergency Water Containers – These are nice in that not only do they stack well, but they can be easily moved one at a time to different locations as needed. Try doing that with a full 55-gallon barrel!

SureWater Water Storage Tanks – These are the mother ships of water storage? Why buy five 55-gallon barrel when you can have the equivalent in one 260-gallon space-saving tank with multiple ball valves and an easy top-filling feature? Read my review of these tanks here: SureWater Tanks Water Storage.

Water Preserver Concentrate – Add this stuff to your stored water to extend its shelf life for years! Saves rotating water and helps the “set it and forget it” approach to prepping.

Water Purification

Big Berkey Gravity-Fed Water Filter – Berkey is a household name among preppers. They are higher end water filters that are not only good for cleaning water in a disaster, but are probably most commonly used by everyday people looking to clean out the contaminants in their well water or the fluoride in their city water.

Katadyn Vario Water Filter – This one is not only Amazon’s choice, but it’s Derrick’s choice as well, and the one he uses for multi-day backpacking trips. It stows neatly into a pack and it can purify a lot of water in a short amount of time. Good not just for an individual, but for small groups as well.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter – Small and lightweight, the LifeStraw has become a staple among preppers looking for a water purifying tool that they can stuff in a backpack or emergency vehicle kit. They’re also popular with people traveling to developing countries.

Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets – Want to go as low-cost and lightweight as you can get? While it won’t have the clean taste of some other filters, these tablets will get the job done, and you can get 50 of them for around 10 bucks.