What will you do if (safe) water stops flowing from the faucets?
This is my worst prepping hole-- worse than the lack of trees and vegetation. There is no surface water in this region (except immediately after a rain). There is no way to store enough to survive long-term. It sometimes goes 6 months without a real rainfall here-- as is currently the case. So in a long-term grid-down situation, I may be doomed unless I move away beforehand.
If you live in a normal place, you'll have creeks, streams, springs, rivers, ponds, lakes, or the ocean. And rain, fog, or snow. You can use the water from all these sources, with fog being the hardest to collect (think sponging off water-beaded surfaces) and the ocean taking the most effort to make the water drinkable because of the salt in it.
Get water filtration supplies, learn to filter water long-term in case the grid never comes back (an unlikely possibility), learn to sterilize water chemically or through UV light or boiling. Regular chlorine bleach will work, but you can't store it more than a few months without it turning into salt water. Get some chlorine pool treatment powder to store long-term, instead, and make sure to keep it dry.
And find the local sources for water.
If you live near the ocean, learn now before it's a matter of life or death, how to distill drinkable water from seawater. It's not complicated in concept, but can be a pain in practice to get enough water for an individual, and worse for a family. But it is possible, so learn to do it.
And, no matter what else you do, store water. You can't have enough.
I use bottles of various kinds to store drinking water. Much is hidden around my house and in the cellar. I also have some 8-gallon jugs in the cellar, and some large laundry detergent jugs for non-potable water. These can be used for washing or other things you need water for, including flushing the toilet occasionally in a temporary water stoppage.
Remember to fill bathtubs for use as soon as TSHTF just in case the water stops. You can get a large plastic bladder that fits in your tub so you can seal the water off from contamination, and they aren't terribly expensive-- around $25 currently, if I remember correctly.
If you can get large outdoor tanks to fill with water, that's even better. Make sure you can secure them from vandals or thieves if water becomes valuable. If you have a swimming pool, don't forget that option.
I keep a little water in my bug-out bags, along with some personal water filters. It's never going to be enough, but it's better than nothing.
Nothing beats having a natural, dependable water source close by. If you have one, protect it with your life; it may one day save yours.
Do you have any other water tips or suggestions?
The slow slide toward collapse is harder on me than a quick implosion would be-- I think (since I've never really experienced an implosion). I hate the waiting.
I'm as ready as I'm probably going to get. The longer this drags on, the more of my preps will need to be refreshed.
My gardening was an utter failure. I will need to rely on the stuff that grows naturally rather than garden foods if the collapse gets to that point this year. I knew that was a possibility because I'm so bad at gardening. So, no real surprise there.
I probably ought to do some work on my bike to get it working better-- but the reason it has problems now is that I did some work on it last year and screwed things up. Doing more work on it might not benefit its functionality the way I hope it would.
I would like to get more firewood. Trees don't grow naturally in this region, so that means buying firewood from those who travel to collect it. I can usually find cheap wood that's not great, but burns. I had an ...
This is a cross-post with my KentForLiberty blog (http://blog.kentforliberty.com/)
As I've said recently, I feel pretty good about the condition of my preps. I've never been better positioned for the S to HTF, even though I don't think my location is ideal since there is no real outdoors (farmland doesn't count) within a couple hundred miles.
But if I had the money there are more things I'd get.
I'd get much more ammo.
I'd get antibiotics packs for everyone in the household from JASE Medical.
I'd get more water containers, sturdy ones, the kind that can stack like bricks as well as a couple of water bobs.
I'd stock up on heritage seeds, even though I'm a terrible gardener.
Even though I believe it's important to reduce dependence on electricity in anticipation of TEOTWAWKI scenarios, I'd still get a solar "generator" and solar panels to charge it.
I'd get a more secure, larger shed, and a sturdy privacy fence around my entire property.
I'd get locking gas caps, and harden my vehicles...
I ran across something I wanted to share with you. You probably already know about it and are laughing at me for being so late to the game. Just in case you don't know, I'll tell you anyway.
I have always stocked dry milk. And I hate it. I can put it in recipes and it's OK, but for anything where you need liquid milk that tastes like milk, it doesn't cut it. Yuck.
However, I recently tried Nido. I had heard about it on another prepper's video and decided to give it a shot.
It is milk, in powder form. It tastes like milk. I've eaten it on cereal, my daughter has drank it, I even let the cats pass judgment. Everyone approves.
The "best by" dates aren't far enough into the future to make me happy-- maybe that can be extended with careful, cool, storage. It's probably a trade-off due to this not being fat-free.
It's not a money-saving thing-- it's going to cost more than fresh milk. But if you don't have a source of milk, or don't have refrigeration, it is a good option to try. At the...