Water. You all know that water is among the very highest of priorities for survival. The vast majority depend on flowing water from their local municipal water department while others depend on their wells.
Since many of you are also preparing for a worst-case collapse scenario whereby the infrastructure may also collapse or be interrupted, one of your highest concerns should be a plan (and the methods) to move emergency water from an external source back to your home…
Think of a hypothetical scenario – regardless of cause – your existing water source ‘dries up’. Gone. Add to that scenario the circumstance such that everyone else is in the same predicament. Lets say that the grocery stores have all sold out of their water bottles.
Uh-oh, what will you do?
Don’t take the easy way out of this exercise and tell yourself that you’ll simply drive out of the area until you find a store with some water. Lets say that all store supplies are gone. What will you do?
Well let me offer a few suggestions:
Find the nearest water sources BEFORE you need them
Find the nearest water source closest to your home. Then find another one. Some people may have water literally in their backyard. Others may not have any easily accessible water for many miles or further.
Don’t just look off the main roads. There may be a creek or stream or small pond much closer than you realize. One easy way to find water sources is to look via ‘Google Earth’. You can zoom right down to your location and explore all around. You might be surprised how many backyard swimming pools that you discover too! (lots of water there)
Another way to find water sources may be to look through a local Fishing Map Guide.
You don’t necessarily need to find a lake. Many very small creeks, streams, and brooks wind their way through regions and often go unnoticed.
The means & methods to transport the water back home
I haven’t fully described the scenario, but lets say that your vehicles are still functional and you still have gasoline in the tank. Obviously you could drive as close as possible to the water source. You’ll have to walk the rest of the way and use buckets to gather it.
Note: Water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon (it’s heavy!)
However lets say that you either don’t have an operational vehicle or the water source is well into the woods. Think about how you would get in there and then out of there with all that water weight…
Wagons & Carts
Drinking Water Filters
You will most definitely need a good drinking water filter at home to purify your source.
Related: Water & Water Filters
Give it some thought. Where might you acquire emergency water if you needed to… and how would you get it back home?