Quick and Easy Ways to Store Rainwater in a Pinch


Water ContainmentWater Containment

Considering we need water to survive and the fact that our bodies are mostly made up of water, it is safe to say water is a pretty important part of our lives. We live in a society where water is readily available wherever we go. We have it on tap at home, there are fountains everywhere and of course, bottled water. However, if you have ever spent any time outdoors, you have probably realized that water in the wild is not quite so readily available. Now, consider this; what would you do if disaster strikes and all those sources of water were gone?

Since we know how important water is, it makes sense to plan ahead for this possibility. Water containment strategies can be used to ensure you have water even if the tap has run dry. Here are some great examples of easy water containment idea to catch from rainwatertanksdirect.com.au


Rain Barrels

One easy way to do this is to install rain barrels around your home. You can buy rain barrels that are ready for use at most home improvement stores. However, this type can be costly. If you are not willing to spend a lot of cash on this type of rain barrel, it is extremely easy to make your own. Food grade barrels sell for fairly cheap and with a little fixing, they can be made into a viable 50-gallon water containment system.



This may seem kind of like a no-brainer, but you can dig a hole, line it with heavy plastic and let the rain do the rest. Tarps, painter’s plastic and heavy-duty garbage bags can all be used to line the hole.


Rock Pool

A rock or garden pool can be used as a decorative feature in your yard and as a water containment system.


Tubs/Baby Pools

Use an old hose and attach it to a rain gutter. Put the end of the hose in a bucket or plastic pool to catch rainwater.



Decorate buckets and place them around the perimeter of your yard to catch rainwater. It is a good idea to put screens over the buckets to keep small kids and animals out.


These are just a few things you can do to catch rainwater. Taking the time to prepare today can make a huge difference in the event there is an actual emergency. Always make sure you properly clean any water you do catch. Your containers will have impurities that could be harmful to you. It is always a good idea to clean any water you gather.

Craig Caudill is the guest instructor with Dan’s Depot where he teaches basic survival training. He is also the chief instructor at his Nature Reliance School.

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One Response to Quick and Easy Ways to Store Rainwater in a Pinch

  1. Elise says:

    Definitely. I’ve also seen people use open umbrellas, placed upside down, to gather water in their back yard. The possibilities for rainwater collection with regular household items are endless.

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