Water Source & Storage is Critical (Level 3 Preparedness) by Ken Jorgustin for Modern Survival Blog
“Prepping and Preparedness 3” is a level of being prepared for up to 1 year.
Check the series overview for my logic and reasoning why I split it the way that I did.
Sourcing, Transporting, & Storing Water | #1 Priority
You can store water fairly easily for the time frames of most aftermath scenarios of disruption. Level 1 & 2 preparedness will have you covered for nearly any likely emergency or disaster.
That said, Level 3 preparedness is not ordinary. It’s extraordinary! And I don’t want you to feel that I’m pushing it on you. This is simply for those who are planning for a disaster threshold that exceeds most all “likely to occur” scenarios.
WATER will be arguably the top, or among the top priorities to sort out. And quickly. That’s why you will need to plan for it now. Before a Level 3 event happens. The purpose of this article is to inspire you to think deeply about this priority.
Your Ordinary Water Storage Won’t Be Enough
I don’t care how much water you may have stored. I know that some of you have some pretty big storage tanks. However when we’re talking about a supply that needs to last from months to possibly a year, this is a whole new ball game…
Water consumption will fall into two areas. Drinking & Cooking, and Sanitation & Cleaning.
The typical rule-of-thumb for preparedness has been 1 gallon per day per person for “survival”. Well that’s not going to be enough when we’re talking longer term sustainability!
How Much Water Will You Consume?
Just think about how much water you might consume during a typical day for drinking and cooking. Pretend that there’s no more soda, juice, milk, beer, or anything else to drink in the fridge. What? No beer?! (Well maybe you brew your own – but that’s another story…)
If all you’re going to be drinking is water, it’s going to go faster than you realize. Morning coffee? Each of your meals. Thirsty during the day while working outside? Sweating during the summertime? That one gallon per day guideline is not going to be enough. Just pointing that out.