If The Grid Goes Down, How Will You Get Your Water?
Given that there are real risks out there which could bring down the power grid – what will you do to obtain one of the most important life-sustaining supplies – your water?
Recently, Admiral Michael Rogers of U.S. Cyber Command, said the United States has detected malware on U.S. computers that enables the shut down of very segmented, very tailored parts of our infrastructure. A recent report by a cyber-security firm found that hackers were able to penetrate American public utility systems that service everything from power generation, to the movement of water and fuel across the country.
“It is only a matter of the when, not the if, that we are going to see something traumatic.” Rogers said.
While cyber threats are a real and present danger to our infrastructure, other catastrophic events could also take down the power grid such as an EMP attack or X30+ solar flare.
The question is, IF such a terrible event were to take place, one of your highest priorities will be obtaining water. You may not realize it now, but your need for water in a world devoid of electricity will quite rapidly become you highest priority for survival.
So, having said that, here are a few key questions for you to consider.
What is your primary water source? Municipal? Well? Spring? Other?
What are the nearest alternative sources of water to your home? Lake? Stream? River? Pond? Spring? How far away from your home are they?
If the grid goes down, how will you get the water from your source to your home?
What equipment or methods do you have at your disposal to treat and purify water from any alternative source?
How much water can you treat with the equipment or methods that you currently have?
How much water can you store with the storage containers that you have right now?
How much water do you have stored, right now?
If you answer these questions, you will discover your water readiness. Go out and get what you need now, in order to get the water you might need later.
Generally speaking, the most important first step to take is the discovery of alternative water sources nearby. Make a plan how you would get to it (perhaps covertly) and how you would transport it home. Then, figure out how you will treat it. Boiling is best, however you may be lacking fuel or an alternative method to boil it. Figure it out. Get what you need. A good water filter too. Then, store it in proper containment and have what you need to keep a good supply of water at the ready.
I’ve written quite a number of articles about various aspects of water preparedness, and I must continue to occasionally re-post on the issue due to it’s importance. I have a feeling that many people largely ignore their water supply readiness because it’s so readily available for most. But in a major power grid failure, all bets are off.
Remember this – for most, 3 days without water and you’re dead.