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I think you’ll be all right.. To avoid algae or other mosses, etc., I recommend storing distilled water for long term. You can buy it in the super market in 2.5gal table top jugs.
I like the big two and a half gallon pre-filled water jugs with handles. It’s easier and not all that expensive. There’s a time limit on any plastic storage jugs. So, bummers! - We kept some plastic jugs of water past the time limit to use for bathing and stuff like that. - For now, we have a well that we’re fixing with a pump, and are thankful for that. - Water is a must, but is heavy and not all that easy to store. One of the most important things to get resolved before any trouble hits.
The big (2 & 3 liter) empty soda bottles also work well. They are especially designed to keep carbonation in and break down even less over time than empty bleach bottles.
I would say that is perfectly fine if you give em a desultory rinse.
They are super thick plastic, nice lid and are meant for consumables. Since I go through 1 or 2 per week, I have plenty of them on hand. As few grains of pool shock and they are storable for long term.
Probably, but I’d rinse them out with bleach first.
Rinse the bottles first and you’ll be fine for water storage.
Laundry bleach products contain stabilizers, colorants and other products that will taint the water and make it taste bad, but it won’t harm you.
I use old chlorine buckets from pool chemicals for everything (Not other chemicals). The concentrations are far higher than in bleach. If I leave the buckets out with water in them the get algae’d up real quick proving they have no residual chlorine in them.
Unless there is something wrong with the plastic I’d say no problem. We drink chlorine every day. You don’t smell chlorine until it breaks down.
Living in Hilo HI and the surrounds dictates we have water on hand from catchment. Most folks have some version of “pool” set up and others have fancy farm style units, most often in their front yards. I’m most fortunate in that my 24x48 slab with a 2 story casa on top has a 12x24 catchment tank built into the design of the house and the wall of the tank is 12in thick. Holds just shy of 10k gallons. Up stairs the “lid” of the catchment is my lani where I park my huge arse and watch golf and the military channel and surf with my nook and read.....
What I would do if I lived in a city apartment is buy one of those horse-trailer water containers. They are tall and skinny and would fit in the back of a closet. If you can get one of Valley Vet Supply’s catalogues you’ll see them. They are made to fit into the tack compartment of a horse trailer and they are very slim and tall. I think they hold about forty gallons. they have a spigot. Don’t know how much they are.
Half-gallon or gallon gatorage bottles work well. They have a good sealing cap too.
I would say yes, but not really.
I have a couple hundred gallons in storage, mostly in used plastic bottles of various types. Much is in quart sized Gatorade bottles, also alot in gallon sized cider containers because I frequently do home-brew of hard cider.
But there is quite a bit in other types, like old bleach bottles, old car-windshield wash fluid bottles, old antifreeze bottles.
My rule is this:
If SHTF, any bottle that was ORIGINALLY USED FOR FOOD TYPE JUICES, ETC. is potable and fit for human consumption or cooking.
Anything else, I can use to wash the dishes...
My Mother was always prepared for a earthquake living in California. She had a small apartment, but would store them in her Shower stall.
There’s all kinds of considerations, here.
First of all, is the problem *no* water, or just no potable water? Solar stills can even provide enough water to live on in summer, in a desert. Filters and stills can take bad water and make it good. A Zero filter if the problem is radiological contamination.
Second, water is very heavy, so if often needs distributed storage to prevent damage to floors.
You have a collection of empty bleach bottles but don’t have room to store water?
Get rid of them things and just buy 1 gallon containers of water to replace them.
You want food grade containers for storage and these things will leech all kinds of stuff you don’t want in your water.
Would I use them in a pinch to carry water? Sure, no problem.
No way I’d consider them for long term storage if I was thinking about it.