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 $hit (pun intended)…
I don’t think you can ever “store” enough water, especially for a long term grid down situation.
If the grid goes down (long term), then how will you get your water?
What is your primary water source? Municipal? Well? Spring? Other?
What are the nearest alternative sources of water to your home? A Lake? Stream? River? Pond? Spring? How far away from your home are they?
Fortunately you had done your research ahead of time. You had used online satellite mapping programs (with the ability to zoom in) and had discovered sources of water in your area. Or, you simply already knew about other bodies of water (streams, rivers, lakes, ponds).
Maybe 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?
Getting Water From It’s Source – Back To Your Home
If you have gasoline and a motorized vehicle – this will obviously 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? Got that part figured out? Containers? Carts?
Maybe a bicycle with saddle bags slung over to hold jugs of water?
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)?
There are lots of questions, and you should consider answers and solutions to these problems because drinking water is essential for survival.
The following additional questions have links to other articles here…
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? It will surprise you!
How much water can you store with the storage containers that you have right now?
How much water do you have stored, right now?
Have you considered a rainwater catch system?
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? Got enough?
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?
What about 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 regular household bleach to assist in water purification for drinking?
Is the water in swimming pools safe to drink?
Have you thought about water sources and treatment?
Do you have a water plan?
Remember this – for most people, 3 – 5 days without any water or liquids whatsoever, and you’re dead.
This has been a prepper public service announcement to get you thinking about such things ;)