A three part series on long term sustainable prepping
Water in any situation is a priority, clean, safe drinking water. You must have a renewable and sustainable source that you control. Dug or drilled private wells are ideal. Spring fed lakes or ponds are reliable sources however, they are difficult to control and they will attract others. You will need a source that is currently free of contaminates and can be controlled to prevent future contamination. Fast moving rivers or streams can also be a source of hydropower. Micro water turbines can harness the power of water to generate electricity for your home.
You may not have any of the described options available to you so you would have to stockpile water, and develop a way to collect and store rainwater. Runoff from roofs (gray water) can be collected and stored for crop irrigation or filtered and purified for drinking water. You also have to consider a water source for any livestock you have now or plan to have in the future.
Blue water barrels can be found in various sizes that can be used to store drinking water indefinitely. If the containers are filled using tap water or otherwise purified water, the water can be stored for years if kept sealed.
Blue barrels indicate drinking water and gray barrels indicate gray water. Gray water is water that can be used for irrigation or even laundry. Black water would be sewage runoff, or water contaminated by animal waste.
Stockpile at least a year’s supply of drinking water and start collecting gray water, such as roof runoff for irrigation, livestock watering and other uses. Use the recommended three gallons/12 liters daily per person to calculate approximate amounts needed. The average person needs at least two quarts of water daily just for hydration. The three-gallon per person recommendation considers cooking and personal hygiene.
Have at least a one-year supply of water stockpiled. This allows you the time once disaster strikes to develop alternative sources.
The average person uses during normal daily life between 80 and 100 gallons of water a day. Toilet flushes use between 1.6 and 3.0 gallons of water and the average shower use two gallons of water a minute. Hand washing dishes takes about 20 gallons a day and one load of laundry uses between 20 and 25 gallons of water. Obviously, there will be some lifestyle changes that have to made, and unless you literally have an unlimited source of water, you will have to make some rapid adjustments for long-term survival.
Stay tuned for next week’s conclusion of our three part series.