As most of you know, WATER is a top priority when considering one’s survival. While we cannot survive without air for more than several minutes, we cannot survive without water for much more than several days.
Even though water may seem plentiful in your region, you should really ‘think through’ the scenarios which could leave you without – even if only temporarily – and what you can do to remedy that…
Well you can’t survive without it. So you better have a backup plan.
Most disruptions in services are temporary. But why suffer through it inconveniently? Store some water ahead of time and you will have drinking water and water for sanitation (flushing toilets, washing up, etc..) for your household.
If you have a well, your pump could go bad (they do have a ‘life’ expectancy). How long will it take for a replacement and installation?
If the electricity goes out, similarly you will be without a functioning well pump. While most power outages are usually fairly short lived, there are severe situations where you might be down for more than just a few hours. What’s it going to be like at your household when you can’t flush the toilets because there’s no water? If you have a water storage, you CAN flush your toilets without running water…
If you’re like most people and rely on municipal water, you are correct in assuming that to be without water would typically require ‘more’ of a disaster situation. But these things do happen. Once in awhile you hear in the news about water contamination and entire towns being advised not to use their water for days. It happens. There could be situations where flooding could contaminate water supplies.
If you’re in an earthquake zone (and not just California) you could be at a greater risk than you think regarding your water supply… What do you think might happen to all those water pipes buried underground when the earth starts violently shaking? How long do you think that will take to repair??
And then there are the many ‘collapse’ scenarios in which we could lose our municipal services, but I will leave that to your imagination.
That said, how difficult is it to store water?
Answer: Not difficult at all. It’s just that most people don’t think about it.
While it may seem simple enough to run down to the grocery store and ‘buy’ water, there are caveats to this. First of all it will be expensive. Second, if you’re not the only one who has a water problem, how long do you think it will take for the shelves to go bare? How many jugs of water are you going to be buying an hauling back to your house? Each toilet flush will consume several gallons (for example) and what about your other needs (like drinking it, cooking, washing up, etc..)?
The simplest solution to this temporary problem is to store enough water at home to get you by for several days or more, in case you need it. The question is, HOW?
Not everyone has the space for a 55-gallon drum filled with water.
Did you know that water weighs 8 pounds per gallon?
One clever solution to a water storage problem (space requirements and/or handling) is something called a water brick (WaterBrick).
Tom at CampingSurvival.com now has WaterBrick International Water Containers.
These water containers (water bricks) are really practical for handling, stacking, and storing water for long term storage. As you can see by their design, they will stack and ‘lock’ together in various configurations. They are also manageable in their size (the 3.5 gallon will only weigh about 30 pounds when filled). You can even use these to store things other than water due to their wide mouth opening (dry goods).
They would also make for a good grab-and-go container. Or fill one with water (maybe the 1.6 gallon WaterBrick) and freeze it to be used as a block of ice in a cooler.
In any event, for your interest I wanted to point out this product from Tom over at CampingSurvival.com (a long-time vendor/sponsor here on MSB).