- November 4, 2017 at 7:16 pm #15415
Water is arguably your most important prep, but it also takes up the most room. How do you store your water, or do you?November 4, 2017 at 7:35 pm #15417
store enough water for a few days.November 8, 2017 at 5:36 pm #15519
John, although there are many variables, keep in mind that under normal demand (no exertion) the human body must replace ~2.5 quarts of water per day. So, keep that in mind along with food preparation and hygiene. For food preparation, particularly if using Freeze Dried or Dehydrated, the potable water demand increases fairly dramatically since one would eat 2-3 times per day. For hygiene, the quality demand is a little more forgiving but still means the need to have access and some way to filter, particularly if intending to use open source.November 8, 2017 at 6:31 pm #15521
Excellent point!November 8, 2017 at 8:18 pm #15524
I have been blessed with homestead that allows me to address water storage and room requirement with some ease. I normally keep preps under wraps (don’t share) but for the club and potential benefit to others, here is how I’ve handled the topic. First and foremost, I look at water like all my other preps, tiered approach and following “2 is 1, 1 is none” motto.
Tier 1.1 – A 1,700Gal cistern buried next to the house and feeds into 80Gal pressure tanks (60+20 serialized). During SHTF, cistern would be primarily used for non-potable consumption.
Tier 1.2 – Multiple cases of 16oz/20oz water bottles for bug out and typical working on homestead hydration.
Tier 2.1 – 14x5Gal water jugs of spring water equipped for spigot attachment. These are also treated for storage and are intended for initial potable water and Tier 2.2 barrels for extended need. The emptying of 5Gal jug allows replenishing even if at a very slow pace.
Tier 2.2 – 3x55Gal barrels of spring water in basement. The water has been treated for long term (5 year) storage. The barrels covered with light blocking “Barrel Bags” even though lights normally off.
Tier 3 – 6x55Gal barrels rainwater catchment feeding into 300Gal Poly (Cube) Tank. The Poly Tank is inside a small shed to prevent algae contamination. This set up is used for garden, green house, and livestock watering. The system can be rerouted to replenish the cistern next to house.
Tier 4 – 30KGal in-ground pool used for pleasure and fire suppression should it ever be needed. Of course, backup water supply.
Consumption of plain water, as refreshing as it is, can be boring after a while. So, part of water preps are air tight containers of powdered/instant Iced Tea, various flavors of Lemonade, and crystalline Gatorade to replenish minerals.November 16, 2017 at 6:06 pm #15757
TN Homesteader, I didn’t think about the powdered ice tea and/or kool aid. Putting it on my list 😉
ThanksNovember 18, 2017 at 6:45 pm #15780
Our Primary: Municipal Water
Our Secondary: Well Water (Manual Pump)
Our Tertiary: Rainwater Harvesting (3,300 gallons)
November 19, 2017 at 1:11 am #15798
- This reply was modified 2 years ago by kmussack.
Water is essential and we each need a lot of it. You simply cannot store enough. You must have a renewable source. Safety Tip: Don’t live in a desert.November 20, 2017 at 4:19 am #15837
Kmussack, I have serious envy of your capabilities / set up…. For water, I have several days water stored. A 100 gal. water bladder to fill. A personal Sawyer life straw for each family member. A Sawyer family filtration system for large quantity filtration. And finally 5 gal. buckets and access to a 5 acre lake.
And yes I have Kool aid, tea, hot chocolate, and coffee to break up routine.
October 26, 2019 at 11:46 pm #45792
- This reply was modified 2 years ago by Kokomo Prepper.
An interruption in water supply can result from electrical power failure which is needed to pump either from your deep well or municipal water supply. For most preppers, storing enough water to support a small family will be very difficult without a renewable source. Hauling water is difficult, but may be necessary in a grid-down situation. For deep wells, a manual “simple pump” system could provide the answer although the initial cost is expensive. Another alternative is a parabolic solar distillation system. Any kind of water can be used including salt water, pond water, surface water, etc. The process involves using the solar system to focus a heat beam on a vessel, bringing it to a boil, creating steam, and capturing the resulting condensed water in a vessel. This is especially useful in locations that get a lot of sun. Distilled water is perfectly safe and free of contaminants. This system is superior to a filtered water system in a long-term grid-down, difficult-to-acquire-materials scenario as there are no filters to replace. Water storage for a minimum of one week is essential even with the alternative systems suggested. “Deo duce ferro comitante” Guardian out!
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