Our family has a tendency to be a little unconventional when it comes to gift-giving. We take great joy in finding things that are eminently practical or supremely delightful and, as a result, we generally give rather odd tokens of our affection.
My mother was the latest recipient of just such a gift. She has been systematically organizing her preparedness stores and basic pantry staples (complete with 15 feet of new industrial shelving!) however, her water storage capabilities were cumbersome and not particularly efficient. Realizing that toting around 5 gallon barrels of water made life more than a little difficult during their frequent power outages, we bought a few WaterBricks to make her life a little easier.
WaterBricks are a fairly new water storage system. They consist of 3 1/2 gallon, heavy duty, plastic containers that stack, interlocking in a manner somewhat akin to Lego's. Each Brick has two holes in them, increasing their structural integrity and even giving you the ability to drive PVC, Rebar or other construction material through the middle of the Bricks, in essence, forming an incredibly sturdy, stand-alone wall.
|Stacked like Legos|
I love them for their versatility. The first thing that caught my interest was the fact that they are a freezable water storage option. Long-term water storage is challenging in northern climate simply due to the fact that winters are cold and water will freeze and expand, rupturing most water containers. You can fill plastic barrels a bit under full, so there is room for expansion, but even then, after being frozen a number of times, the plastic does succumb to the pressure and burst. These containers were designed to be frozen! That means that I can keep a WaterBrick in the back of our truck, even during the winter months. I can keep them in our storage container and out of the house. I can strap one onto our 4-wheeler, put them in our shed or basically any other out-of-the-way spot and feel confident that they will be full and ready for use in any emergency situation.
|On a 4-wheeler|
WaterBricks are NOT just for storing water. They are watertight (of course), so they are perfect for storing bulk food, matches, (reloading) powder - just about anything you can think of.
O.K., so what really sold me? The military has tested the ballistic capabilities of the WaterBrick and are now using them to build expedient bunkers! Really! When filled with sand or pea gravel, the Waterbrick provides ballistic protection - in other words - they are bullet proof! Although too expensive for normal people to build a bunker out of, a few of them could be stacked under a window, providing a "bullet-proof" shooting position. Wow. Now you can store water and build a bunker, out of the same handy containers! Every housewife should have a few of these beauties laying around!
|The cartridges used for ballistic testing|
|Military testing results|
Even on a limited budget, WaterBricks are worth having around. We keep at least 1 WaterBrick in each vehicle and a number in the house, full of water. We will add a few here and there and eventually have a respectable supply.
Sorry to sound like a walking advertisement - I just thought these were too cool to keep to myself! Let me know if you have WaterBricks and how you use them!
*By the way - my mom LOVES her WaterBricks! She has relegated her old 5 gallon water barrels to the shelving and has installed her Bricks as her new household water storage. We get excited about the funniest things!