I'm always looking for ways to improve my preps and today I hit upon idea that I thought I'd share.
Many of us live in a suburban environment and have curb side pickup of garbage and recycling. I manage my own recycling by taking it to a senior citizens center but I do have a tote for automated collection (sorry, they aren't garbage cans anymore). This is the kind I have:
This is a 65 gallon tote with lid and I thought that's a lot of water storage. For my wife and I using the prerequisite 1 gallon per day per person that's over 32 days of water storage. The problem I ran into however was a small handle that installed through the front.
Those are tamper proof bolts. Luckily, they aren't THAT tamper proof. Enter the bolt cutters.
I cut one side off and that allowed me to remove the handle bar.
that, of course, left a inch diameter hole in both sides. You can only see one in this picture but there is another to the right.
The solution was to simply plug the holes. To do that I used two (2) - 2 inch fender washers, two (2) - 2 inch flat washers, a 1/4 X 1 1/4 round head bolt and nut per hole. I also teflon taped the bolt so water wouldn't leak around the threads.
About 30 minutes later the holes are plugged and the tote is being tested.
And no leaks!!
Granted, it's a trash can, not food grade plastic and my water hose is not a food grade hose but if you are in a position that you know loosing water is a good possibility then the short term use of a tote might make sense. Wash it out, place it in the garage, fill it up and close the lid. 30+ days of water for two people.
If you have a similar sized recycle tote then do both and extend the number of days or give yourself 30 days worth of water for four people.
Hurricane preparations, drought/heat or construction work resulting in water being turned off all lend themselves to using a tote for storage. The nice thing is it's not taking up any room since you already have it. Just add it to the water storage you already have. I have two 50 gallons tanks outside, a 50 gallon water heater, approximately 50 gallons in each bath tub, 10 gallons in storage containers and 10 gallons in water coolers. That's 270 gallons. I just added another 65 gallons for a total of 335 gallons or a 19.5% increase in storage. That's 167.5 days of water for my wife and I or 28 days for my entire family.
You can get by with shorter bolts but I happened to have those handy so I used them. I did price the parts at Ace Hardware and the whole thing for one tote is $5.56. Pretty cheap preps!