I don’t need
to tell you why your family needs safe potable water as well as long
term food storage, first aid kits, and other survival gear to survive
the aftermath of an emergency or disaster.
live for days or even weeks without food but no one survives past 4 or 5
days without water. Living on very short rations an “average” person
can survive on a minimum of one gallon of water for replacement of
normal activities loss, per day. At that drastically minimal rate a
family of four will require 120 gallons of potable water to survive for
30 days. Also you will need about 13.2 gallons (50 liters) per person
per day. We now use ten times that amount per day on average.
drinking, sanitation and hygiene that same family of four would require
1560 gallons of potable water to survive for 30 days. Storing 120
gallons of water to meet subsistence-level needs is easily done, if
that’s how you visualize your family surviving. Storing 1560 gallons,
while making your family’s survival experience more pleasant, is
problematic if you do not have the ability to replenish your water
supply while off of the National Electric Power Grid.
Water Availability is not Guaranteed
What if one
day after an emergency or disaster you turn on the tap and either
nothing comes out, or what comes out is unsafe to drink? Water
distribution systems require energy and what comes out of your faucet is
there because the fragile and vulnerable Grid energized a pump.
Electric Power Grid is obsolescent and vulnerable to blackouts due to
equipment failure, unintentional human error or recently and most
frighteningly, malicious foreign cyber attack.Water
self sufficiency off the grid, and independent of the weather, will
ensure that your family has enough water to survive no matter how bad
the situation becomes.
Rain Water Harvesting
component of water self sufficiency is rain water harvesting and
storage. This component requires storage tanks of sufficient capacity
with connections to your home’s rain gutter system. This component is
weather dependent but based upon annual rainfall amounts and seasonal
rains distribution in your area, rain water harvesting may well satisfy
your unpurified water requirements if you plan properly.
parts of continental USA, with the exception of the Southwest, rainfall
is fairly regular, reliable and predictably sufficient to be the primary
source for your family’s survival water self sufficiency. You will
have to make a judgment call and decide how much storage capacity you
will need to bridge dry spells.
have become so dependent on the grid and the water distribution systems
it enables, houses no longer have cisterns to store water for dry
spells. Chances are your home doesn’t have a cistern either, so you
will need to acquire water storage capacity. Water can be stored in
almost anything: one gallon water jugs you buy at the supermarket,
hard-side metal or plastic tanks, or the much more convenient and less
expensive collapsible “pillow” tanks.
safely discard the idea of buying, storing and then refilling 1500+ one
gallon jugs as impractical. Hard-side tanks are more practical but are
always the same size, full or empty, are difficult to handle, expensive
and require permanent installation above ground or below
much better solution is collapsible “bladder” tanks which are
constructed of very tough plastics which meet Food and Drug
Administration requirements for potable water storage. Bladder tanks
are relatively inexpensive and can be stored folded within their
shipping boxes until you decide to deploy them.
Purifying Stored Rainwater
stored in your tanks, while it may appear clear, is not safe to drink.
The rain which fell on your roof and ran down your gutters became
contaminated with bird feces, insect waste, decayed organic matter,
chemicals and other pollutants. To make this water safe to drink it
must first be treated or preferably purified.
involves adding proportionately large amounts of chlorine iodine. This
method should be reserved for emergency or occasional use only, because
ingestion of too much iodine may be harmful.(3)
The optimum solution is the use of a water purifier which removes sediment and chemicals, kills bacteria and other pathogens. An
efficient water purifier would utilize both pre and post-filters and a
high-intensity ultraviolet germicidal lamp. Such a device must be
proven to have a bacterial kill rate up to 99.99+% including cysts
(Giardia and Cryptosporidium), and microorganisms including viruses,
bacteria, fungi, algae, and protozoa.
purifier should be operable off the Electric Power Grid and capable of
converting water from any available source into potable water.
Now You Need to Become Water Self Sufficient
acquired long term bulk food storage, first aid kits, tools, defensive
weapons and other survival gear. Now you need to become water self
sufficient or all your other preparations are meaningless and your
family will perish. WATER IS LIFE.