Friday, May 3, 2013

Food Storage Friday #36: Water Storage with the Water Bricks

Who said water storage can't be fun? Yes, I know, the thought of storing gallons and gallons of water barrels in our basements, garages, and backyards doesn't really scream excitement  But what if there was a way you could transform storing water into a fun, enjoyable time the whole family would love?

Guess what, there totally is! Let me introduce you to the Water Brick. These things are awesome! Not only can they store an impressive amount of water, beans, rice, and many other common food storage items, but they also have the ability to store and stack on top of each other. They're like the legos of water storage! How cool is that?! This means no more trying to find a spot to store that awkward 50 gallon water tank. With the Water Bricks, you can literally stack-and-stash your water storage against any wall, behind any shelf, or under any table.  To give you an idea of how cool and versatile these bad boys are, check out some quick stats below

Water Brick 1.6 Gallon

Size: 9" x 9"x 6"
Weight with Water: 15 lbs
Holds: 1.6 gallons (That's enough water for 1 person for 1 day)
Shelf Life: Indefinitely, though water should be rotated out ever 6 months

Water Brick 3.5 Gallon

Size: 18" x 9" x 6"
Weight with Water: 30 lbs
Holds: 3.5 gallons (That's enough water for 1 person for 3 days)
Shelf Life: Indefinitely, though water should be rotated out ever 6 months

Now that you know a little bit more about the Water Bricks, let's get back to our discussion about water storage being fun. Remember earlier I referred to the Water Bricks as the "legos of water storage," Let's just say we put that theory to the test here at the Honeyville offices. Armed with 3 pallets of Water Bricks, we went to work to try to find some new, fun ways you and your family could build up your water storage.

Simple Stacker

Number of Water Bricks: 4 (All 3.5 gallons)
Total Weight with Water: 120 lbs.
Gallons Stored: 14 gallons (Enough water for 1 person for 2 weeks)
Description: Think of this as your starting point for water storage. You can stack-and-store this simple pattern under the bed, behind the dresser, or up against a closet wall. Get four Water Bricks for each member of your family and have them stack-and-store in their own bedrooms.

The Arm Rest

Number of Water Bricks: 8 (All 3.5 gallons)
Total Weight with Water: 240 lbs.
Gallons Stored: 28 gallons (Enough water for 1 person for 1 month)
Description: Consider this your "add-on" project. As your needs grow, so does your stacking. This design gives you a little shelf that you can place any nick-nacks, tools, or storage items that will fit. Plus, with this addition, you know how enough water stored up to last you a whole month!

The King's Throne

Number of Water Bricks: 42 (All 3.5 gallons)
Total Weight with Water: 1,260 lbs.
Gallons Stored: 147 gallons (Enough water for 1 person for 4 months)
Description: Every King deserves a throne, and what better thrown than one made completely out of water! This design is definitely stepping out of the "out of sight, out of mind" realm, but hey, how cool is a chair that can hold 4 months worth of water?

The Window Treatment

Honeyville Customer Service representative Nikita gave us a hand demonstrating the size of  "The Window Treatment."

Number of Water Bricks: 70 (All 3.5 gallons)
Total Weight with Water: 2,100 lbs.
Gallons Stored: 245 gallons (Enough water for 1 person for 9 months)
Description: Okay, so this may be stepping out of the realm a bit, but how cool would it be to have a wall of water storage? There are a few safety precautions you'd want to take before making this venture, mainly running some re-bar down the holes in the Water Bricks for stability. But think about it, a wall of water that lasts you 9 months!

The Fort

Number of Water Bricks: 116 (103 3.5 gallons, 13 1.6 gallons)
Total Weight with Water: 3,285 lbs.
Gallons Stored: 381 gallons (Enough water for 1 person for 1 year 2 months)
Description: It's a Fort made out of Water Bricks. Is there anything cooler? Granted, you may not find yourself in need of 116 Water Bricks,'s a Fort made out of Water Bricks!

The inside gives off an igloo feel that your kids will love, and check out the ceiling below.

How awesome is this? Plus, you've got a full year's supply of water!

You've seen our creations. What would could you make with the Water Bricks?


lfhpueblo said...

We have the 3.5 gallon ones and it is nice that they interlock and stack. Just remember if you put them somewhere like a garage that is not heated to not fill completely, but leave 1/3 open space for water expansion should the water freeze. Also don't lay them directly on concrete. Concrete is very acidic and could over time break down the plastic. So set the bottom layer on a rubber mat or on thick boards that are not chemically treated. We don't have a years worth, but we are only buying containers as we can finacially afford to. We've saved 2 Liter Tea and Pop Bottles, washed them and stored water in them and placed those on top of the upper kitchen cabinets. We covered them with in sets of 4 with a couple layers of plastic grocery bags for each set. If your cabinets don't go to the ceiling you may be able to do this too. A couple of the 2 liter bottles are about a gallon. Depening upon the size of your kitchen and the number of upper hanging cabinets you have to put these on, you can store maybe a weeks worth of water there for a small family for drinking and food preparation. We have 53 gallons in the kitchen, and I have an upper high shelf in my laundry room where we have another 14 gallons stored in the 2 liter bottles. I also make sure in the refrigerator to use cleaned out milk cartons to store water in. If my refrigerator is not filled up with other items, I make sure to keep at least two gallons or more of water in there. The water bricks are nice to get you by longer than a week though.

florapandora said...

I purchased some of these a few weeks ago, they are soo neat! When planning on storing water for a long period of time do you have to put in any kind of water "treatment" i.e. bleach, aquamira, etc?

Cookin' Cousins said...

Hi Florapandora! Glad to hear you enjoy the Water Bricks so much! We love them too. You could use any type of water treatment chemical to store your water. Some people choose to add a tsp of bleach to their water storage, for instance. But our recommendation is always to cycle your water out every 6 months. Hope this helps! Thanks for the question.

Anonymous said...

lfhpueblo this is for you and anyone else - please be careful on re-using plastic containers! If you look on the containers recycle symbol make sure you ONLY USE #2, #3 OR #5. These are the only containers that are safe to re-use as the other plastic containers the plastic chemicals will break down overtime. Example is plastic 16.9oz water bottles we buy in 24packs, milk plastic containers has a #1 recycle symbol on it which means that bottle is a one time use and should be recycled. Never freeze those one-time use water bottles either the chemical leach into the water. So everyone please watch your symbols for safe use! Dale from Mesa,AZ

Anonymous said...

Dale from Mesa,AZ - correction on safe plastics. The safe numbers are #2, #4 and #5. Sorry about the wrong info.