Prepping Your Water Supply
Aside from shelter, clean potable water will be your biggest concern to prep for in an emergency. It may also be one of the most overlooked areas of prepping. Water is so essential for human survival that our eyes are genetically trained to look for sources of water. Scientists believe that this is the cause of our fascination of shiny metals and gems.
Water Already in Your Home
If you are caught completely unawares with no water available, most homes will have a couple hidden sources of water you may be able to use.
Your pipes will have water in them so you will need to locate your lowest spigot and you should have some water available until you have drained the pipes.
Your toilet tank (not the bowl but the tank on the back) will have some water available. On a separate note you can flush your toilet with grey water or other un-potable water. Just dump the water in the tank each use and it will flush like normal until the sewer backs up
Your hot water heater will have 40+ gallons in it accessible via the drain, unless of course you went tankless.
These sources can help get you through a short outage.
When it comes to storing water there are many levels of storage you can work with.
FEMA suggests 1 gallon of water per person per day...I know from experience you can get by with far less than that on the short term, but if you are prepping for the long haul it will be a good rule of thumb.
The first step is to start storing bottled water. You can buy cases of single serve bottles that store well. Start with a few of these. Then we move up to storing bottled gallons. Avoid the milk jug material gallons since the plastic they are made of will break down in storage and start leaking (don’t ask how I know).
Then if you like, you can move up to the “real” prepper storage like water bricks and barrels stashed around your home.
Collection and Filtering Water
When you get your storage in place, (actually before) you will want to think about collecting water since any amount of storage will eventually run out.
There is a good product to have on hand called a Water Bob. It is a bladder that sits in your bathtub that you fill at the first sign of trouble, hopefully while you still have utilities. It holds several gallons of water for emergency use.
Rain water, pond and river water are also sources you can use.
You would be wise to invest in some sort of filtering system to use in case you have doubts about your water supply. There are many on the market and more than one type would probably be wise. It is recommended to have at least one way to filter water as well as some water purification tablets in your individual bugout bags or get home bags. You can go with a personal straw-type filter like a LifeStraw
For home water purification, you should probably already be filtering your water. you can use in-fridge water filters like the pur water dispenser that my family uses. There are other whole home water filtration systems that you can buy that would also be a big help. Especially because of the negative effects of chlorine and fluoride in most city water, and the fact that water treatment still cannot filter out all of the pharmaceuticals that are in the water supply. These systems are very costly, however. On the shelf systems like the Big Berkey countertop system can be a great help to your everyday water purification needs.
Humans need water to survive. If you spend all your time worrying about what you will eat and not thinking about your water needs you will have a tough time in a true emergency.
I hope this has helped! As always, stay safe, and have a great day!
Razor - CEO
Memento Mori Tactical