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WATER STORAGE CONTAINER INFORMATION
A reliable water supply is an important part of any preparedness program. Following a major earthquake, EBMUD says that they will get most residential customers back online within 30 days. You need to be ready to have drinking, cooking and sanitation water in the meantime. Municipal governments will distribute potable water supplies within several days but that means standing in line with containers to get your rationed water. The most reliable way to assure adequate water is to store water at your home and office. Lamorinda CERT Foundation periodically purchases large quantities of FDA approved blue water drums and associated supplies like wrenches, pumps, spigots, dust covers, etc. By purchasing in bulk, the freight charges are reduced substantially. What do you need? It is recommended that each person have one gallon for drinking and food preparation plus one gallon for sanitation (tooth brushing, hand washing, etc.) each day. That is 14 gallons per person per week. If you have a swimming pool, that can serve for most sanitation needs. Once you figure out how many gallons you want, determine which drum size is best for you. The 5 gallon Samson Stackers are convenient and only weigh 42 pounds when full. The 15 gallon drums are more expensive per gallon than the 55s but can be moved (about 127 pounds). The 55 gallon drums are stationary once filled (about 485 pounds) but are the most economical for large volumes.
Lamorinda CERT periodically sells these water storage containers multiple times a year.
More information on current Water Storage Container sales can be found HERE