It’s Friday! Hoping you have great plans in the works for the weekend, and want to share with you a little bit of “Preponomics Homework” to inspire your thoughts, and encourage the ongoing development of your preparedness plans. For our Weekend Homework, let’s drill down on the subject of water. First the background, and the question follows…
Prepper Water Storage
Background: Water storage is a key piece of critical infrastructure for all of human civilization. We must have it for just about everything. Human hydration. The care and keeping of gardens, pets, and ranch animals. Cooking and food preparation. Coffee and tea. Household cleaning and laundry. Personal hygiene. First aid and medical procedures. Sanitation. Anyone without clean, safe, drinkable water is a refugee within 48 and not more than 72 hours. Please take this seriously.
Most people are dangerously unprepared for any interruption to the water supply. This is true whether that supply comes from a public utility or a well that relies on electricity. We are too accustomed to having water available on demand and at the tap. Imagine what water would mean if you had to carry it in by the bucketful from a half-mile away or more.
The Question: What steps should be taken to protect and preserve access to adequate amounts of water, for drinking, cooking, gardening and hygiene? Here are a few suggestions…
- Store bottled water, and lots of it. The advantage of bottled water is that single servings are measured, easily dispensed, and portable.
- Use larger containers for additional storage. You might consider Water Bricks.
- Keep buckets at hand. These should be accessible and ready to use. Keep several. Plastic materials deteriorate with time and exposure to sunlight. Sometimes the handles give way.
- Maintain a solid supply of filters, filtration devices, and water purification tablets.
- Consider a UV sterilization system, and a back-up power supply should there be a loss of electrical power.
- Keep sturdy, high quality cookware for boiling water. A good example might be a soup pot. Stainless steel tea kettles and coffee presses are also helpful.
- Have a way to heat your water. Think about simple solutions such as the rocket stove as seen in our Professor Preponomics post regarding Low Tech Living. Additional ideas include charcoal and propane fired grills or camp stoves.
- Add a hand pump feature to any household well, and know how to use it. You might also consider drilling your own well… here’s an article about doing this using PVC pipe.
- Learn about rain catchment, water storage, and gravity fed delivery systems.
- Be prepared to hand wash clothes, towels, and linens. A wash basin or deep utility sink, and clothes line will quickly become important during any interruption to water supply.
- Have a solar shower, and practice using it. Remember that water coming from a solar shower may be very hot, and it doesn’t come with the proverbial dimmer switch. Be careful.
- Keep a LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for emergency access to filtered water in your BOB or Go-Bag.
- Educate yourself about water borne diseases, and how to prevent them. Understand the signs and symptoms of these diseases, and know when to get help. First and foremost, take every measure to prevent these in yourself and in others.
HINT: Survival is one of those pass-fail kinds of courses. A passing answer shall not include “there is nothing I can do”. There is lots you can do. Let’s get started.