Water From Source To Home After The SHTF


It has happened; it has hit the fan. The power is out – the grid is down – the blackout has been ongoing for weeks with no end in sight. The water pressure in your home has stopped and there’s nothing coming out of the faucet.

The toilets won’t flush and you’re in deep shit (pun intended)…

Now what?

Fortunately you’ve done your research ahead of time, and you had used online satellite mapping programs like Google Earth – and have discovered sources of water in your area. There’s a stream about one-quarter mile from your home. There’s a small lake several miles away. A few of your neighbors in the general area have swimming pools.

There’s water around, but how will you get it from the source to your home?

Have you thought about it?

If you have gasoline and a motorized vehicle – this will help (until you run out of gas).

If the water source is not readily accessible by way of a convenient roadway up to it’s edge, then this too will present a problem. Will you have to travel far off-road to access it?

Will others be doing the same thing? Will this present a security issue?

Did you know that water weighs 8 pounds per gallon? How many gallons can you carry at once (without spilling it all over the place)?

Have you figured out how many gallons a day you will need for drinking water and for other tasks like flushing a toilet, cleaning clothes, or other sanitary tasks?

Have you considered a rainwater catch system?


There are lots of questions, and you should consider answers and solutions to these problems because drinking water is essential for survival.

Do you have drinking water filters to make the water safe to drink?

Do you have wagons, carts, and other such transport with wheels to enable getting the water from source to home?

Do you have water containers, jugs, buckets for gathering up the water to be placed on the transport device back to home?

Do you have drinking water storage capability at home for the water that you bring back?

Do you have bleach to assist in water purification for drinking (8-drops per gallon)?

Is the water in swimming pools safe to drink?

Have you thought about water sources and treatment?

Do you have a water plan?


This has been a prepper public service announcement to get you thinking about such things ;)

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  1. During the war in Vietnam, the VC brought tons of material thru the jungle down the Ho Chi Minh trail via bicycles. They would strap hundreds of pounds to their bikes, then walk alongside them like a pack mule. Simple and effective.

    They started this after our bombers zeroed in on the heat signatures from their trucks engines.

    This method should work well for transporting water, but I would do it in teams of two. One to bring the water, the other to stand guard.

    1. A bicycle pulling those little carts that parents put their small children in when they want to go cycling would be nice to have. A few mod’s to make it capable of holding H2O and a weapon slung over your back. Guess I will be checking out “Play It Again Sport” and Craig’s List.

  2. It’s not a perfect method, but shopping carts will be plentiful after the SHTF. Those things are pretty darn sturdy. Assuming you are not going over rough terrain, a cart would work great.

  3. I don’t mean to offend anyone by stating the obvious, but believe it or not, some people do not know that it is easier to carry two buckets, one in each hand, than just one.

  4. Those will be the same people dying of thirst on the front steps of the local courthouse while they protest and demand that local government do something to get them water.

  5. If you have seriously prepped by taking the first and most crucial step of living in a low density population area in a freedom loving state, you probably have a well and transporting water should be a non-issue as long as you have taken steps to prepare for grid down. My biggest water concern is not being at home when it all goes down, which is where the life straw will be used.

    1. And what happens if your well becomes contaminated?
      Or the well goes dry?
      Or your well pump dies?

      You’d be hauling water………best to have a plan for that.

  6. I think when the SHTF most people will find their days consumed with acquiring water and making it safe to drink. You don’t realize how much water one can go through until you lose it. Many years ago, our pump failed and we went two weeks with no running water. It became a daily activity to go get water, sometimes twice a day.

  7. Many years ago I was driving down the desert in Algeria (as you do). I was in an area which was around 250 kilometers between towns with water and fuel.
    I stopped for refreshments in the middle of nowhere (With some work colleagues).
    Within a few minutes there was a young boy standing close watching us. He had a donkey with two water barrel strapped to it’s back.
    I asked him what he was doing there – out in the middle of nowhere. He explained that he was going to get the water for the family from the water well. Two hours there and two hours back. I then asked him why didn’t the family simply live next to the water well. There was feed for the goats where the family was camped but no water. There was no feed for the goats where the water was.
    A family of ten managed to survive on two small barrels of water per day – camped out in the northern Sahara desert.
    I asked him if he wanted some water from us to drink. No he said, he wasn’t thirsty.

  8. That is why I have a pond 50′ from my house and a stream within 100′. Preparing is location, location, location… I am in very rural Indiana. If my well fails and the pond and stream run dry then we are all in big trouble.

  9. I could probably rig something to strap several gallons to my horse. he can pull a cart, but the terrain is pretty rough here, so probably tying them on the pack rig would be better. I’ll have to practice that. Fortunately we get a fair amount of rain here too.

  10. After reading this article (twice) and the link about wagons and carts, I looked on Craigslist last night and sure enough, found a four wheel garden cart (like the one in the upper left corner in the wagon cart link) that was advertised t be able to haul 1000 lbs, for only $45. I know they are over $100 new, and after TSHTF, will be worth a whole lot more. Even though I am an apartment dweller, I will use stash this in my storage closet until needed. I saw several shapes and varieties and a big price range. So this is now my new BOW, bug out wagon. This could haul several jugs of water, or literally become a bug out wagon if we need to relocate without a vehicle. Thanks for the great tips daily!

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