Water Storage, Collection, Locating and Handling.

This is a guest post and entry in our non-fiction writing contest  by Mar

We have been studying the issue of water for several years.

Living in Texas we not only have to concern ourselves with what would happen during a SHTF event, but, also during a severe drought.

I think all of us here have that gut feeling that one day a water well will be more valuable that an oil well. We just went through the worst five year drought in written history and many believe, because of the spring rains, that we are now in the clear.

Think again.

Most of the lakes in North Texas have recovered nicely but most of them are generally shallower in nature and more quickly subject to reoccurring droughts. Many of the lakes in West, Central and South Texas are still in horrible condition and a handful like (EV Spencer, OH Ivie, Red Bluff, Palo Duro and Champion Creek) are all but empty.

Some major deep reservoirs which hold high capacities of water are in serious trouble…

  • Amistad Reservoir 65
  • Buchanan, Lake 49
  • Abilene, Lake 20
  • Medina Lake 22
  • Travis, Lake 47
  • Corpus Christi Lake 32
  • Choke Canyon Reserv 59
  • Coleman, Lake 39
  • Falcon Reservoir 46

Current % of full pool capacity.

Medina Lake is only at 22% capacity and will probably get completely drained off this year due to down stream irrigation (the primary reason the lake was built to begin with). It was the biggest irrigation project west of the Mississippi 100 years ago. Basically we already have a water crisis in the making even before the SHTF.

We’ve been in a ‘prepared’ position for awhile but always felt we were lacking greatly in the safe drinking water storage area. We had accumulated an assortment of more than 30, 5 gallon plastic water bottles (now returned to the bottled water company for credits) and 100+ one gl. glass bottles. (need to start making wine with these). We have a water bed with 250 gl. of water for other non potable uses.

We also have several 55 gl. barrels set up for rain water collection. BTW, cut in half these also make great potato growing buckets.

We had been to TSC and purchased the 250 gl. tank that was form fitted for the back of my truck for the purpose of retrieving additional water in the future should the need arise. We determined that wasn’t what we really needed so we took it back.

We, of course, also purchased (and kept) the 12 volt and hand (back up) water pumps necessary for competing the fill lifts.

Still we knew we were coming up short on planning for maintaining the needs of our 7 family members.

After searching extensively for a long time we happened to run across a product from a company called Surewater Tanks out of Utah.

They make a 260 upright safe drinking water storage tank with a small foot print, that seemed to satisfy all of our concerns. It‘s oval shaped so it fits through any standard door. We’re resolving theft, contamination and heat breakdown (algae) issues by keeping our water inside.

Unsafe water kills 6,000 people every single day. It is estimated that 80% of illnesses in developing countries are linked to poor water and sanitation practices.

The tank has two faucets for easy filling and water rotation. It’s made of original materials and not recycled plastics thus addressing our health concerns regarding storing water in plastic vessels. We got three of them so I can always put one of them in my truck and retrieve outside water when and if needed. I can fit two tanks in the truck lying down but can only carry the weight of one @ 2100 lbs.

Outside Water Sources:

Having planned well enough to see us through, at least, the first 3+ months of any crisis the need may arise to have to go out and retrieve additional water.

Rain collection water may be highly contaminated. We could use that for flushing down our gravity septic system. Q: What are those people on the new electrical pump septic tanks systems going to do with their waste?

Guess if they don’t have any water stored to begin with it won’t make much of difference for very long anyway.

Municipalities may have had time to put something back together by then but will it be safe to drive to those outlets? They would likely be hotspots for ambushers to operate around. Most muni water really isn’t even healthy to drink now but, in a time of need….This would not be our 1st choice.

We have friends within a few miles who are on wells but they are very deep wells and I question if they will be able to pull water if the electrical grid is shot? We aren’t allowed to drill a well where I‘m located unfortunately.

There are rivers and lakes with 7-20 miles but that water would probably be highly contaminated and not worth the efforts of decontamination? We do have our own 55 gl. gravity flow drum set up for the filtration of any outside water. The pebble rock, sand layered activated carbon type that should provide us with some 3000-4000 gallons of clean filtered water as long as we use H20 from the best possible outside sources.

We have all the water test kits and a variety of chems to clean it up if needed.

Fortunately in South Central Texas there are several flowing springs replenished by some of the underground aquifers. (springs like these can be found in many other parts of the US) These springs offer long term sources for fresh uncontaminated sweet water. Some years ago we purchased a highly detailed map showing every spring in Texas and the average flow rate. This map is the single most importation piece of information in my survival library. If we have to bug out, we know where to go to get uncontaminated water. If we need a long term source of water we will always have several options.

Most of the springs are behind high fenced properties and that could pose a bit of an issue. And, well we’re well prepared for that to. We’re hoping we won’t need to go that route but …one never knows.

What we’ve come to fully realize is that NOTHING else matters if you don’t have good clean water, plans for collection and replenishment, and a good means for cleaning or filtering it.

We can only imagine and never fully comprehend in advance what will take place in only a few days once the faucets stop spewing water. Things have been made so convenient and easy for us that we assume it will last forever. We have all taken so much for granted during this holiday vacation we’ve all been enjoying.

“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”—Benjamin Franklin

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  1. riverrider says:

    mar, good job. something a lot of folks take for granted…to your waste pump question, we have one. i set up my solar system with the pump in mind. we cut the gray water lines out of the black lines to reduce the amount of water going in as well as soap, shampoo and the like. on manual mode it takes about 15 minutes to empty the entire tank. it takes weeks to fill it back up….. in bosnia, the old and young went to the broken city main to fill jugs of water. they were targets of serb snipers daily. a lot of folks think they will be fine going to a source a mile or more away but they will be sadly mistaken. they will be badly polluted in days and watched by those hunting for game. when no game comes……

  2. JP in MT says:

    Fortunately water, in general, is not an issue here. However, we are looking to move out of the city limits so that we are not reliant on city infrastructure. Our water bill can change (and did this year) with an act of the city council.

  3. Excellent article! I have always considered water as imperative and have made plans to ensure we have enough. However, things are changing and your article challenged me to do the in depth re-evaluation of my plans that is necessary and make it a priority. Thanks.

  4. benjammin says:

    Water Harvesting, something to consider in a SHTF situation, especially here in the Southwest. In the warm part of the year, water collection can be as simple as blowing up half a dozen inflatable water pyramids and stringing up a couple radiative condensers around the place. Most wanderers won’t have any idea what these things are for. You can collect an awful lot of ground and air moisture if you know what you are doing, without a lot of effort or outside energy sources. In the winter, all you need is a fire to make the pyramids work, if you understand a few easy principles.

    No one in this country need go without a reliable source of potable water at any time of the year. It doesn’t require a huge storage system, expensive processing equipment, or a long term supply of filters, chemicals and a conventional water source. It does require thinking a bit.

    • Hi benjammin,
      Do I smell an article coming our way on said water collection process? Sounds like it would be worth reading.

  5. Jennifer (Prepping Wife) says:

    I have 6 cases of bottled water and 10 jugs of gallon water in my garage off the floor. They are all un-opened and sealed just as they were when I bought them. Do I have to worry about that water going bad or growing alge?

    • Cold Warrior says:

      Once water is frozen it has a pretty long shelf life, so we keep a couple of cases amoung our frozen foods.

      On another topic: Today is “Victims of Communism Day”, please remember the people of North Korea and Cuba in you prayers.

    • Jennifer,
      It really depends on how it was prepared for storage, the type of plastic it’s stored in, etc. In any case, having some calcium hypochlorite (pool shock) &/or some type of filtration system is always a good thing to have on hand. If your stored water has an odd taste when you open it, first aerate it by pouring back and forth between two containers, if it still has an odd taste, running it through a filtration system will do the trick. Also, if you should run out of your stored water (which is likely during a long event) then you have the equipment and supplies required to obtain and treat additional supplies.

    • Watch out for Legionnaire’s Disease. If they’ve stood a few years and you have to use them, then boil them (with a lid on).

      If you are bottling tap water and are worried, then put 8 drops of bleach in each gallon of water. If they are store-bought and not kept in the sun, they’ll probably be OK, but you might want to rotate them yearly anyway.

  6. Prudent says:

    A good post. A better reminder!!…. of what we lack the most of. Riverrider’s follow up post hit the nail on, my head, a nice blow. I live withing one mile of the Maumee river, ottowa creek, Swan creek, three miles form Lake Erie. I thought, in the worst case, I would just drop by and pump my water bladder full then run it through my sand filter… berkey… etc. Normalcy bias alert……………….

    Aint gonna happen. What was I thinking . . . that I would be running all around town … If we can’t turn on the faucet and fill the waterbob … we will surly not be running aroud town picking up a case of bottled water let alone down to the river for a quick 500 gallons.

    Gotta redifine my water preps……….. Thanks youz guys!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Prudent says:

      I came back tonight to see what else was said and I came up feeling ‘short’ on liquids. Off to wallyworld in the morning for a few of those blue cubeswaterthangys. Found a fella out route 795 that sells barrels of every type and those 200 gallon caged plastic water carboys. Now all I gotta find is a quarry that has some actual sand to keep on hand as a ‘refill’ for my filter….. planted my Galic today. Feels good to ‘play’ in the dirt.

      Again… thanks for the motivation, affirmation and reminder!

      • riverrider says:

        prudent, if you’re in an area that gets rain you could set up a rainwater collection system pretty easily. with that filter system you have you would be in water heaven.

  7. Waterboy says:

    Just bought a Sawyer 0.02 micron water purifier (as opposed to filter) on Amazon for less than $150- removes everything up to, and including, viruses. We live close to a river so an ongoing supply of water should not be a problem for us.

    • riverrider says:

      waterboy, whats between you and the river? will your system remove chemicals, heavy metals, lead, arsenic? cities along the river will dump their sewage into it. jus sayin.

  8. Harold says:

    I have a good well on a very good vein of water (mapped by the hydrologists at the University) and in a pinch would sustain us nicely since I have it tested yearly and it always comes back good. The city gave me a hassle a couple of years ago and demanded I fill it in. I told them I only used it to water the garden and as a back up in case of fire. They came back with a lot of mumbo jumbo about contamination from leaking fuel storage tanks at a gas station several blocks away so i pulled a fresh sample and sent it off to the state lab along with a sample of the city’s water (which I can not drink without serious stomach ailments). When the samples came back and my well water was very fit for human consumption and the city’s sample came back as very marginal and unfit for human consumption, they decided to let me alone after I told them I did not identify their water sample to the state lab, just sample A and sample B. I told them that I had not been able to drink their water for years since they stopped using their North Nelson well field and started using only the lake water which if you saw the lake you would not want to drink the water either. I told them I had always bought bottled spring water from a certified spring in gallon containers for drinking purposes and only used the city water for cleaning, laundry etc. We came an agreement if I did not disclose my sampling and continued to use the city water (they use this to base their sewer charges on where they collect the most revenue), they would not hassle me about my well.

  9. george says:

    I keep 10 cases of bottled water all the time to drink with and have 5 of the blue 7 gal jugs and another 5 of the 5 gal jugs you can buy at sams figure that will give me 2 months of water for me. Also have 2 40 gal water heaters, live 400 yards from a 10 acre lake, and within a half mile of two more ponds about 1 acre and 1.5 acre in size. Just got two rain barrels and with a 7000 sq foot roof they fill up in no time. Have a Berkey water filter and a couple of brita’s and 5 bottles of iodine, plenty of hydrogen peroxide and 5 lbs of pool shock. Just hooked up to the new county sewer system but live about 60+ feet in elevation above the main sewer line so I figure my crap will outflow way away from my house if the pumps stop, always good to be on the hill above everyone else. My only concern on the lake water is it’s on a golf course so it probably is contaminated some with fertilizer and chemical runnoff but for non potable needs it will be fine and if that is all that is left to drink, well you just have to do with what you have. Hopefully if it comes to that it would be long enough that it would have some contaminants flushed out by then. I think the main thing is to have the skills to get water where ever you can and ways to make it potable be they chemical, filters, or solar stills etc, if you can distill you could even drink the fluid out of your radiator, urine etc , etc,. If it gets real bad for a long time knowledge and skills may be all you have left.

  10. I’ve got a filter and 2 5-gallon buckets. It’s a poor man’s Berkey that I bought at monolithic.com, that I’ll have to assemble with some caulk and drilled holes. It’ll keep until I get it wet then it’ll last for 6 months. It will clean 15 gallons of water a day by gravity. If I had really mucky water, I might let it stand a day first to settle out the muck, and strain it through some sand before trying to put it in my filter.

    You can make a fired clay pot with some organic material in the clay to make it more porous (ground up bits of dried grass would do, or maybe used coffee grounds) and use that as a gravity water filter too. It’d be like a big bowl and you’d put it in the top of a bucket and pour water in it. Maybe put some charcoal in there. Fire it in a pit. You can get clay from the ground and refine it by getting it wet and straining it. That’s a lot of work, but if my poor man’s Berkey was starting to wear out I’d try to make one of those if I couldn’t get another.

    • Penny Pincher,
      I have the same ceramic filter purchased from Cheaper Than Dirt as a complete kit. (http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/CAMP352-1.html). They’re inexpensive enough to buy and stock several for a lot less than the Berkey. They also carry just the filter in a slightly different form factor that is supposed to fit the Berkey with the same specs and also made by Monolithic. (http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/CAMP354-1.html)
      Note that at 0.5 Micron these do not filter out viruses, so water should be treated with chlorine, iodine or boiling first if these are a concern.

  11. recoveringidiot says:

    Good read, I can’t imagine living somewhere that dry.

    I have plenty of water just a few feet down, never gets lower than about 15. The house in on county water(that I hate) but the well is only 30 feet from the back door. My concern is getting water without electricity. I have no solar and if i did I’d have to get a pumping system that solar could support. Right now I have an old iron pitcher pump and enough pipe to plumb it with but it is a pain to use and it has a open top for bad things to get into. I’m looking at one of the plastic hand pumps that will pump into a pressurized or gravity fed system. I guess I need to just bite the bullet and order one because I can’t find any real life reviews any where. I found one for a $100, if it don’t work it won’t be the first hundred I’ve thrown away. BTW, its a 24 in well so as a last resort I can use a rope and bucket.

    • recoveringidiot,
      A pitcher pump and 10 or 20 pounds of pool shock will take care of your needs for a long time to come. If things getting into the pump and well are an issue, you could build a shed over the well so the pump is in the building to give it some protection,
      I’ve seen some cottages constructed after the well was drilled so that the pitcher pump was mounted on the kitchen sink. In days past this was almost considered indoor plumbing.

      • recoveringidiot says:

        Thanks for the shed idea, it already has a good sized pump house that I could just go up from the block foundation already there. I’m still going to order the plastic pump, be nice to pump into a pressurized system and the seals are supposed to last forever no leathers.

    • recoveringidiot,
      Could you post the details on the pump you’re talking about?

  12. Mar,
    (I can not imagine Lake Amistead at 65% capacity.) Good article. Thanks.
    You mentioned several times contamination in surface water. What is the nature of this expected contamination besides what is there naturally today?
    I am familiar with Las Moras and San Felipe Springs and believe they are typical of the many springs in south central Texas. Like most they have a constant water temperature and water flow rates year round.
    If I had such springs near my location I would go out of my way to meet and establish a good relationship with the people living on that land today. If they survuve the SHTF scenario they will be very important allies.

  13. Clippins says:

    Loved the article Mar,water is and should always be a concern and any tips and tricks on this is needed and comes with thanks. One question. Where do I get a map of springs for my area? We just barely have water flowing in our part of the Rio Grande. Thank you again for the great article.


  14. Mar,
    Excellent article. Water is always on my mind. I wrote a post a while back as to why not to use the gallon plastic containers for water storage and to think hard about where you keep your water preps. Can you tell me where you got the map of the springs? I’m also in South Texas and could really use one.

  15. Prudent says:

    M.D. Can you get a count on how many folks came in on this post? Not the ones that commented, but just keyed in and read it?

  16. mactex says:

    Well written and thought provoking article.
    I live in N Tex as well, but my well is at 250″. So far been unable to locate any well that could operate off of solar that would bring it up that far. The only possible answer I have come across is a copy in Ark that make a hand pump that, with some changes, can bring it up by hand but it is around $6-700. The water is great (tested monthly) but getting it up is the problem. I do have a spring fed lake (2 small springs and one ‘seeping’ springs that dumps into the lake) but it dropped by 50% at the height of the drought (not bad actually, all things considered) – any suggestions for the well?

    • riverrider says:

      mactex, lehman’s has a “well bucket” that can be lowered down by rope/550 cord to collect water in a drilled well. it picks up something like 3.5 gallons at a time. you can find vids on the net on how to build one from pvc pipe yourself much cheaper. there are 24volt solar pumps that claim to go to 600 feet. they pump all day long filling a holding tank that you draw from. are pricey though. good luck.

      • Mactex` says:

        Thanks, RR – I had considered making a container from PVC (it’s a 4 inch casing) but not looking forward to pulling 8+ pounds/gallon up from 250. The pump sounds very promising, however – thanks for the input. Currently can run pump with ginny – 10 minutes = 200+ gallons, so could last for a while with the 100 gallons of gas I have treated and put back, running once a week or so.

  17. Prepping Preacher says:

    survival = water + shelter + food

    this is the order of importance for me and mine and we have a good handle now on all 3 while continually developing each… and no, we have not discounted self-protection, as it comes next in the list but in strict survival terms is not crucial to it…

  18. Russell says:

    What exactly was the type of map that you bought showing all the underground springs in Texas? What agency would I contact in my state if I wanted to obtain a similar map?

  19. Mennis says:

    Very good article! I am also worried about water. I have some stored but here in Central Texas I don’t think you can ever have too much. I would like to think that with my rain barrels and what I have stored I would be good. But if there is no rain, the rain barrels won’t do much good and with a family of five what I have stored will not last long.

    There are several water sources within a mile or two of our home and I have scouted several routes off the beaten path to get to them if need be but I would also be worried about others with not necessarily the best intentions being out in the same areas. I do have a monolithic filter set up with plenty of spare filters and also a fair amount of pool shock to make anything potable.

    I would also like to second the request for the info on where you found the map of springs. That could be a very valuable map to have.

  20. IndianaPrepper says:

    Like everyone else has said so far … good article .. thanks for sharing your thoughts about having / getting water in a SHTF type of scenario.

    Also, like some others have asked as well, can you share with us where you got the map showing the location of springs around there where you live? I am Indiana but I just imagine that whatever your source for these maps is would also have them for my state and every other one as well.

    And last question … you mentioned you have a “55 gl. gravity flow drum set up for the filtration of any outside water”. Can you provide us more information on how you constructed this? … plans online somewhere perhaps?

    Again, thanks for your article and I am sure it got a lot of us thinking more about this precious resource we need to make sure we have in order to survive.

    • Pineslayer says:

      Just found this site on springs,


      a place to start.

      • IndianaPrepper says:

        Thanks .. yes, it’s a start and certainly better than nothing but at the moment there’s not many locations listed. Maybe this is a new web site and more sites will be noted over time (hopefully) but for now it’s pretty sparse. Plus, it depends on user submissions for listing the springs and I just bet very few private landowners are going to volunteer locations on their property.

        I’m pretty sure the author of this article was indicating that the map they were able to procure was authored from some official state agency there in Texas and, as such, probably was very comprehensive … and that’s what I am looking for (and I would bet a lot of others are too). But again, thanks for sharing this with us and I have bookmarked it under my “Survival-Water” tab!

        • In Texas that would most likely be the old TWC or Texas Water Commission which was folded into the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality or TCEQ.

          • Mactex says:

            I have dealt with the TCEQ (w/ it’s various monikers) for over 20 years and if they had anything to do with creating the list you can count on it being anything BUT comprehensive. After dealing with bureaucrats for almost 50 years my tolerance for incompetence is high, but the TCEQ makes all the rest look like scholars. Even the EPA sited them for being ineffective and petty, with enforcement determined by politics and favoritism.

            • “Even the EPA sited them for being ineffective and petty, with enforcement determined by politics and favoritism”.

              Well now, thats something the EPA really does know about. And Region 6 is the best at it too.

  21. Linda in FL says:

    On a past comment, I mentioned I was having a well dug with a hand pitcher pump. I’m in Central Florida and the well cost $520. City permit was $75. And am waiting for “OK- to-drink-in-an-emergency-only-situation” results. To test for total coliforms, lead, nitrite and arsenic is $135 through the City Lab services.

    For me, this is quite expensive, but since running-out-of-water was a constant nag on my mind….this at least lets me sleep better. I figure even if I need to filter or treat…at least I’ll have a water supply if city water stops.

  22. Can anyone comment on the shelf life of water in 2 liter soda bottles? I’ve heard some contradictory info on this…something about BPA’s leaching into the water after a period of time. I seem to have a steady supply of these 2 liter bottles coming my way. I first clean and rinse them out with bleach& water, rinse well and fill. Then add 3 drops of bleach.

  23. mactex says:

    FYI – I thought this was fairly common knowledge but have found many are not aware that TOP shelf life for household bleach is 10 – 12 months and that many people have just put back gallons of it and expect to treat their water with it. Check the manufactures site for verification. Pool shok (78%) is best to go with. As far as filters, you can purchase 2 of the Berkey filters (JUST the filters) for just over $100 including shipping and very easy to make own system with two containers. Each filter can treat up to 3,000 gallons. With filters and 1 lb pool shok (treats up to 10,000 gallons) you should be set to purify water at a minimum cost and will sit on the shelf forever. CAUTION when handling/storing pool shok. Good luck!

  24. Not in the copy I just read……

  25. No worries, I reread it three times before responding to be sure. Of course I’m sure you only see/write a couple of these a day, so how could you possibly get any of them crossed…
    Keep spreading hope and knowledge…

  26. My BOL has a hand pump. The property is on yellow sand and well away from other people. I have mostly depended upon this as my water source. I do have some stored at home in 2-liter bottles and a few cases of bottled water. Is this type of “well” water ok to drink? My in-laws drink it and have for many years. Am I being nieve, or should I look into other methods? Live in Michigan and dont usually have major droughts.

    • recoveringidiot says:

      I lived on shallow wells my whole life up until last year. The place I have now is on county water that tastes terrible. I never got sick from the wells but when we had lots of rain or a flood I would bleach it before and after. Also had the water tested every couple years just to be safe and they always came back good. As long as your septic and animals are far enough away and you test once in a while a shallow well is fine.

      • Very good to know. In-laws dont believe in prepping and that is our BO location. Would be hard to explain why I am testing their water. They do know that we are comming in the event of an emergency and I am prepping with their needs in mind (they are both 70). My father in law would argue with me until the end of time, so I keep it quiet. Sometimes it’s not worth the arguement. So, I continue prepping at home knowing that we will all be safe. Thanks for the comment and I will rest surely knowing that this is one area that I dont need to worry about so much. Now, as for denture cream…. well thats another story.

  27. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    The water table in our area is very high, in places less than 20′ deep. The flip side of the coin – that means contamination from the top is easy to do, so siting your outhouse becomes VERY important.

  28. Kelekona says:

    It’s so interesting how you had some strategies and then switched to different ones later. Finding out what works and what really works is a learning process.

  29. SurvivorDan says:

    Just returned from my solo trip to the Greer area of the White Mountains. Water, water everywhere! (My big pitbull, Dag, saw deer, elk and a bear) Filled my new filtration bottle from an upper fork of the Little Colorado. That was some good water! Dag agreed but then again, he would drink a puddle of mud water with gusto. All that free flowing water served to remind me of my dire water situation down in the desert. Timely article.

    Living in the desert certainly keeps the issue of water a primary concern for me. Thanks for the tip on Surewater Tanks, I will check them out. With the heat here the garage is useless for storing food or water.

    The missus is already annoyed with me for storing cases of water in every closet (not enough). I will do battle (pray for me…) with Mrs. SurvivorDan about sit-ing such a tank downstairs. 260 gallons is the equivalent of 88 cases of water!

  30. Prepper RN says:

    Hi All,
    This really is a great article to bring to the forefront the importance of clean drinking wanter. I have 2-55 gal drums, 10-5gal bottles and 10+ one gal jugs from the store. I have treated the larger containers with commercial water treatment. I plan on filtering them through my Berkey when used. I save the old soda bottles and fill them with water, treated with bleach, to prevent algae, and plan on them for use as toilet flushing (until no longer able) or as a last resort. I also have a good supply of juices, bottled drinks and soda for drinking. They count for hydration and will add to calories and comfort. I have a small stream within 50 yards of my back door and figure that it will be contaminated some how and will use as a last resort, boiled and filtered.

  31. Experts agree you should prepare to be self-reliant for at least 72 hours in the case of an emergency. The days following a disaster are crucial for safety and survival. In most disaster scenarios help is not available immediately.

  32. I have a shallow well for irrigation during normal times. It has been fitted with a plastic hand pump so that with a Berky water filter so we have water in times that are not normal. Seems to work just fine in trial.
    I put $200.00 in to the set -up. $100.00 to install so not in the way of regular pump and $100.00 for the pump.

  33. No one in this country need go without a reliable source of potable water at any time of the year. It doesn’t require a huge storage system, expensive processing equipment, or a long term supply of filters.

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