Do you have water set aside for long term water storage? That’s great!!
It is higher level preparedness to go beyond just a case or two of bottled water – to having a serious quantity of long term water storage.
It is also a potentially dangerous presumption that your water storage will be enough.
Here’s why, and what to consider:
Long Term Water Storage – Finite
Any long term water storage that you have will eventually run out! And it may happen sooner than you think once you start using it!
This is the typical amount of water that people consume each day. Check it, and come back to read more about what to do:
During a serious long lasting emergency where water is scarce, people will conserve (they’ll have to!). But I just wanted to point out how much water is consumed during ‘normal’ times.
Don’t get me wrong – I’ve written plenty of articles advocating the importance of having some stored water for drinking and other uses (the more the better).
But the fact is that if a disaster scenario runs on beyond the time frame of your water storage / usage, then you’re SOL until you replenish it. Then what?
Towns and city region municipalities may store millions of gallons of water in ‘long term’ storage tanks for day-to-day use. The thing is, how long will it last? It needs to be constantly replenished or it will run dry. What if they can’t?
How To Replenish Water Storage
If you already have stored some water for ‘just in case’, the next thing you need to do is figure out WHERE and HOW you will replenish it. Make an assumption that you will not be replenishing it from your faucet tap! (worst case scenario – just in case)
A replenish-able water source should be a priority for higher level preparedness.
This is next-level ‘survival preparedness’ thinking. It’s not just about having jugs of stored water or a 55-gallon water barrel filled and ready (which is great!). Think outside the box. Stored water is only for relatively short term emergencies.
Finding, sourcing, hauling, replenishing and purifying water is NOT going to be easy (unless you live on a lake or on a river). Water is heavy and transporting it from your nearest natural source may not be easy at all.
If you have your own well and an alternative energy source to power your well pump, then you’re in good shape (EMP may create issues though). Otherwise you will have to look for it. A stream, river, pond, lake, rainwater capture, etc..
How far away is your nearest water source? If you have no fuel, no working motorized vehicle (again, worst case), will you be able to transport it back to your home?
Do you have a heavy duty cart or wagon and containers to haul it back?
The simple (but very important) point I’m trying to make here is this:
If you’re going beyond just ordinary general preparedness, think about what it would take or what you may have to do to REPLENISH if the stores aren’t open for business or the power is out long term…
Research and find a few nearby water sources. And then get what you need to be able to haul it back and then purify it for safe drinking!
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