As we know Water is probably the single most important commodity we control that we need to live. We can go several days without food, warmth and sleep but only about three days without water. I’m ignoring air for this scenario as we cannot keep nor control the air and anything that takes it away from us for more than a few minutes is beyond our control without expensive and limiting equipment.
I’ve looked at what I can do about water and have covered the supply and demand by several diffirent methods.
First of all I have a supply of bottled water and a water tank, around nine months worth stored in the loft. It is there to allow us to keep our heads down in the house with a view to keeping off everyones radar. Depending on the weather and the circumstances it may last longer. It is calculated out at the absolute minimum for four for one year. This is my primary supply for immediate use.
Next up I have several water filters. A large Berkeley and several spare candles plus several smaller filters designed to be carried with you on trips. Obviously the larger filter is for family use while the smaller filters are for when we are out and about and, importantly, in a BoB if we are on the run and cut off from water.
The intention is that once things quieten down I will put the filter in place and use that over the bottled water. I have purchased some large swimming pools which I will assemble for water capture as well as sheets of plastic to funnel the rain into the pools. That coupled with my existing rain collection system into barrels should quickly suppliment my water supply.
I am fortunate enough to live near several streams and not too far away is a small river. About a mile away is a large estuary but that requires going through the town which I would rather avoid. I can easily suppliment the collected water from the streams or the river if the rain is not producing enough.
For the summer I also have a solar water collector which can be used to supplement the supply but again this is more for when we are out and about. This does not produce the water needed and requires you to be static. It is not worth the effort unless you are living on a boat imo. In which case it is a good investment.
As a safety net, I like to reduce risks, I have water purification tablets as well as chlorine and bleach tablets to purify water. Most of those are intended for barter but you never know.
Longer term there are several water collection methods I have planned for involving neighbours roofing around my home. Using piping to collect water where at the moment it is discarded. I also have the components to build a sand and gravel water filter to aid in the filtration and at the very least take the load from the Berkeley candles.
I think that covers my water requirements at home. If I am forced to BO the smaller filters can cover our water requirements for a while and eventually I should be able to return home. Our house having little strategic value.
The risk though is there though. My water collection and storage is based around the house. Without the tools in there our water purification will last about six months and is reliant of the filters in the BoB.