4 steps to off-grid water

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Water.  We can’t live without it.  When the big one hits, you had better have your water supply safe and sound.  But how do you do that when terrorists know that this our Achilles’ heel?  Just a few drops of an evil substance in your local water supply could wipe out the entire town.  Or a storm could wipe out the clean water supply for months.  Ask the folks in New Orleans about that, they still don’t have the water they need.

So what can you do?  You already know that you should have at least a 30-day supply of water on hand.  But what about after 30 days?  Wouldn’t it just be easier to supply your own water?

Of course that is the choice I have made for my family.  We have a well and cistern that allows us to pump and store our own water.  It wasn’t cheap, but considering the importance of water it was worth every penny.  We power the pump with our off grid solar power system, so we don’t have to worry about power outages either.  If you have a well and are on grid power, you should consider having backup power and a backup storage tank of at least 500 gallons.

 

Another option is to tap a local spring for your water.  These are more prevalent that you might think.  I had a house in Alabama that had a running spring 20 feet below the surface of the yard.  Local geology maps would help you find them.  You could tap this through a drill-hole or a find where it daylights and divert it or bottle it.  Be sure to get containers that will be easy to fill out of a source like a spring, like a siphon and 5-gallon drum.

Capturing rainwater is probably more practical for most people.  Set up catchments under your roof gutters and fill them during the next storm.  You will want to store it as airtight as possible for long-term storage, and you will probably want a simple water filter system as well.

Now you can generate water from thin air too.  There are atmospheric water generators that take humid air and convert it to water.  They have built-in filtration and can produce anywhere from 3-10 gallons per day in the right climate.  They have the added benefit of dehumidifying the air.  The only problem with these machines is that they use quite a bit of power, something you would only be able to depend on if you generate your own electricity.

Will you be ready?  You had better consider your water source, and how it would be affected in a disaster.

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