Rain Barrel System 220 Gallons SHTF Water Storage Prepper Survivalist how to build make

Water Storage Rain Barrel System expanded to 220 gallons. Step by step how to build video. Used mainly to water a vegetable garden, the naturally clean and fresh water results in strong healthy plants.

It is also good to have in case of a SHTF scenario where there might be extended power outages caused by a natural or man made disaster.

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  1. Willy Rosado
    Willy Rosado 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    wont the water turn green in time, and will it be bad for your plants?

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  2. Ivan Chavez
    Ivan Chavez 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    How do you clean the barrels in the winter?

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  3. Farzad Fani Pakdel
    Farzad Fani Pakdel 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    great video, up to the point, thank you

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  4. crumb9cheese
    crumb9cheese 1 June, 2016, 03:34
  5. Anon One
    Anon One 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    great idea but this is dumb… sorry but what is the point in having a rain water catchment if you just empty it all out in the winter? what if shtf happens during the winter time, then your stuck after having thrown away 4 huge water butts full of water that could have been purified and used… this is a good idea the plan just needs some refining

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  6. CommanderX
    CommanderX 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    Very Professional looking and well made.

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  7. 15 Seconds
    15 Seconds 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    Asphalt shingles leak heavy metals and polyaromatic hydrocarbons; both are basically poison. Shingles release toxins burning in the sun and are washed away by rain water. Just an FYI.

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  8. TheTransmundane
    TheTransmundane 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    This is by far the best way I've seen for linking up rain barrels. It looks like it fills and drains the barrels evenly, and it doesn't use a ton of pipe like other systems I've seen. It also looks to be scalable just by adding more barrels or by replacing barrels with plugs (not that there's much point in shrinking the system).
    Combine with a Berkey filter, and you've got yourself a three-season, all-purpose water system! Add some 5-gallon water jugs (kept indoors), and it becomes four-season!

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  9. Nick F
    Nick F 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    Do you filter your water before using?

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  10. SuperSaltydog77
    SuperSaltydog77 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    Finally, someone that realizes just how much weight is involved in water storage. At 8.33 pounds per gallon, and if filled with 50 gallons, each barrel of water weighs in at 417 pounds plus the container weight. With 4 barrels filled to near capacity you'll have approximately 1,670 pounds plus barrel weight.

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  11. Paul Hobby
    Paul Hobby 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    Sorry, prepper noob here, having the hose connections at the bottom joining the barrels means that the water levels will be split evenly across all barrels right? I guess it can still handle a large intake of water if it start raining had due to the larger mouths overflow?

    Also di you have a way you prefer for purifying said water if you needed emergency drinking water?

    Great video, subscribed.

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  12. Charles Pruett
    Charles Pruett 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    +BubbleBeet Where can you buy these barrels, and with that large, black collar you put after you created that opening where you placed the mosquito screen? Your set up, I must say, is really impressive.

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  13. Charles Pruett
    Charles Pruett 1 June, 2016, 03:34
  14. Morquet Gittens Ash-shafii
    Morquet Gittens Ash-shafii 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    do you really need a water pump

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  15. Jim Tee
    Jim Tee 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    You have set up a nice system and easy to build. I will be doing this same setup next year after I get my garden set up. Thanks.

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  16. David Lemaire
    David Lemaire 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    Does the water get filtered through a spongey mechanism to ensure the water isn't at all dirty from bird doo or anything grainy whatsoever? 

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  17. Tim Johnson
    Tim Johnson 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    thanks for the tips, the setup that you have for winter is a great idea, very simple once I have seen what you did,,, thanks

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  18. Robot Robot
    Robot Robot 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    You could have just laid the barrel on its side to install the hardware at the beginning. Haha instead of reaching down. Good system tho.


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  19. Jason howe
    Jason howe 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    Generally you overflow filling systems with water catchment having no valve solutions also creates issues when dumpin water

    General with multi storage water systems , you use a static pipe on the Botton linking water together to create water pressure..

    You use an overflow system to secondary tanks and 1 valve system to release you create issues setting up a water flow to extract water….

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  20. adinson8
    adinson8 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    Could you be able to tell us how much you spend for all that? 

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  21. M. J.
    M. J. 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    Good looking setup, thanks for sharing. I have some similar barrels and now I can use them with the fittings you showed. Thanks!! Go Preppers : )

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  22. craig listly
    craig listly 1 June, 2016, 03:34

    does the calk and hot glue not leach into the water? Asking in case we want to set this up for a reserve of personal drinking water.

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