Storing Your Water

When starting on your food storage and emergency preparedness journey, I’m sure you had a lot of questions! Especially on how to best store your food, water and other supplies. Because water is such a necessity in life and in an emergency situation, let’s answer some of the most common questions we get. Can I store water in any container? Do I need additional products besides just water and some sort of container? Where should I store it? 

Proper Containers

Water will never expire but depending on the container, chemicals may leach into the water or the water could become contaminated by mold or bacteria. Make sure the container is one specifically made for storing water long term. At Daily Bread, we have so many great options depending on your budget and your home’s available space. Food-grade, long term specific plastic containers (that haven’t held or stored other items previously, besides water) and glass or stainless steel containers work well.

WaterBricks hold 3.5 gallons of water each and are great to stack in smaller spaces.

Our most popular water storage container is our 55-gallon water barrel. These aren’t as easy to move because they are so heavy when full. But, they store a lot of water for a long time without costing a lot.

Some natural disasters do give warnings of when they will hit. In cases like these, a bathtub water container is great to have on hand! The container fits in standard bathtubs, fill quickly and are completely contained so soap scum, debris, or other contaminants stay out. 

Some homes have enough space for a large water tank. We carry 160-gallon tanks up to 525-gallon tanks. These large amounts of water will keep you prepared for a long time. 

Water Preserver

Adding a water preserver into water that is stored in a proper container is key to safe water storage. While it won’t permanently stop bacterial growth, it will significantly slow it down.


Try to store your water in a cool, dark area away from extreme temperature variations. Water stored in these ideal conditions can last up to five years. However, if your water is stored outside, in a garage or other place with heat and light variations, rotate your water every 6-12 months and check on it every three months.

Sometimes stored water will taste a little flat because it loses the oxygen within it. Simply shake the water in a bottle or swish it in your cup or smaller container a few times. And always, if your water smells moldy or off, don’t ingest it by itself or in your food.