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Water Procurement: Setting Up a Low-Budget Water Catchment System and Why It Will Save Your Life

Water Procurement: Setting Up a Low-Budget Water Catchment System and Why It Will Save Your Life

Using the information from Part 1 & 2, the setup of a water system, decontamination station, and rain catchment procedures entailed to blend all parts together.

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How are you doing, Ready Nutrition Readers?  This article is the final segment of a three-part series dealing with obtaining water in a preparedness and survival stance.  We will focus today on home and small group needs for water, incorporating knowledge from the prior two segments to complete the picture.  The needs of each home will differ considerably due to varying needs of water consumption.  A two-story home with five children, two parents, and an elderly grandparent with a long-term illness, for example, will need a different amount of water than two brothers in their thirties living in a small cottage.

The basics we’ll cover can be tailor-made to fit the situation that governs your needs.  Conservatively speaking, each person needs between 1-2 gallons per day for intake; this does not include use of showers, toilet, sink, and laundry.  As we covered in part 2 of this series on water, during a survival/grid down scenario, there are a number of diseases that must be taken into consideration.  There are filtration and purification methods as detailed in part 1 as well as large-scale considerations.  First things first: let’s discuss obtaining water.

I have included a diagram that shows how to make a water point for the family.  Prior to doing any of this, consult with your lawyer or your local and state guidelines concerning laws, statutes, and regulations in the state you live; they may prohibit your obtaining and storing water (surface, rain, or other). 

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Water Storage Tips And Advice 101

Water Storage Tips And Advice 101

Greetings to all. I would like to write about my experience with water storage over the years. First and foremost, water is hands down the most important tangible item in a survival scenario. There are countless articles written on food storagegunsbug out thisbug in that and multiple other survival gear and items.

The fact is, without water….your dead. The human body can only survive a few days without water, but can go a few weeks without food. Sure you can “bug out” and snare game, or kill a deer for food, but how are you going to wash your hands after you dress an animal, clean your cookware or wash down that game flavored goodness that you are probably not used to? So here is a short article on water basics covering procurement, storage, filtration and usage.

Procurement – There are many ways to find water and here are a few that are available in my area. First, the well. If you don’t have one, you should look getting one. We live in FL and have a high water table so running dry is not an issue. I have an antique cast iron hand pump for dispensing with spare leather cups on hand. The second source you can use is a nearby lake, stream or river. Note, these may be contaminated even more than already when SHTF so use care when filling containers.

Also a cheap way to find water is to use a rain water containment system from your roof. You may have shingles instead of a tin roof, but with filtration, this can be turned into potable water if needed. Finally, there are multiple other places to look, too many to list in fact. There should be good water in your hot water tank for a few days.

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