087: Natural Water Resources, Water Options and Storage for Emergency

dominant eye
Dominant Eye, Proper Stance, and Sight Picture
July 27, 2015
loading magazine
Proper Firearm Trigger Manipulation and Magazine Loading
August 3, 2015
water resources


  • If you don’t know where to start in prepping, this is where I am getting the outline of my discussions here!
  • I am hosted a webinar with Paul Munsen of Sun Oven International over the powers of a sun oven.  If you missed it, lucky for you that Paul has decided to let you watch a replay.  Learn more about how to harness the power of the sun to cook as Paul shares his fundamental techinques in the Sun Oven’s Cooking Essential Seminar.
  • You will find this seminar valuable whether you have a Sun Oven and want to learn more or you know nothing about solar cooking!
  • Paul also had a really awesome announcement in the webinar, that will not last much longer.
  • You don’t get to ask questions during the webinar, since it is a replay, but you can always email your questions.



Stay Healthy and Hydrated in the Worst Disasters!

Natural Resources are Abundant and Can Be Your Survival

Nature Provides us with everything we need if we are willing to look.

Make a list of Natural Resources to Provide Emergency Water
  • Your Yard
  • Your Neighbors’ Yards
  • Close Rivers, streams, lakes

close rivers

Live in an Urban Area?  Don’t know where to Get Water?  Listen Up!

Urban Environments provide water to the Crafty

  • Any commercial buildings available? Use their spigots.
  • Pools
  • Landscaping Ponds
  • Bathtubs
  • Hot Water Heaters
  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Wells (not so urban)

You Can Quickly Have All Over 190 Gallons of Water Storage

With advanced notice, you will have time to collect over 190 Gallons in MINUTES!

Advanced Notice of Disasters Can Occur with:

  • Thunder Storm Warnings
  • Blizzard Warnings
  • Roving Blackouts
  • Hurricanes and Tornados
  • Known Rioting

How in the World do you think I can get 185 Gallons of water storage that quickly?

When you get advanced warning, you can fill everything up.

If you are going to drink any questionable water, then you should always purify and filter it when possible, with a HIGH Quality Filter.

What you should instantly fill up during a strong storm warning

  • Fill Up Your Bathtubs
    • 60 Gallons Each for Small Tubs
  • Fill up your sinks
    • 2-5 Gallons per sink
  • Keep your Hot water heater full
    • 50-90 Gallons in the tank
  • Use the Bathroom… What?!
    • By doing this, you are clearing your system
    • Toilets refill with clean water
  • 2 bathroom sinks at 2 gallons, one basic kitchen sink at 10 gallons, 2 bathtubs at 60 gallons, and a 60 gallon hot water heater:  194 gallons of water
    • Add 2 5 gallon toilet tanks (don’t drink): 204 gallons
  • If you have a pool, you are looking good!
    • Thousands of gallons
  • Hot Tubs? As long as you have a filter.

If you have any containers, You can fill them for even more storage

  • Soda bottles
    • If you freeze them prior, they can be double duty
  • Juice bottles
  • Milk jugs (I don’t like these)
  • Jars and cups with sealable lids
    • Including your hiking stuff
  • Deep Pots

I Didn’t Have Time to Store Water, What the Heck Do I Do Now?

If you have no systems set up, and you have absolutely no water storage, then you are in a pickle, but you can STILL help yourself.

What water resources are available on your own property?

  • Swales
  • Ditches that hold water
  • A well (no pump)
  • Ponds
  • Waterscapes
  • Creak beds or rivers
  • On a lake
  • Plants that provide water

water resources








natural resources


Where else can you get water beyond your back yard?

  • Neighbors
  • Gutters (fresh rain)
  • Commercial buildings
  • Parks
  1. Start storing water in soda bottles and juice bottles.
    1. Stacks well
    2. Durable
    3. 2-liter bottles can keep freezer cold
    4. Great in coolers
    5. Thaw, now drinkable water
  2. Build Cisterns
    1. 50 Gallon Drums
    2. 250 Gallon Totes
    3. 1500 Gallon Storage Tanks from Tractor Supply
  3. If you are getting a pool anyways!

Great, I Have Water Tanks, But Now Where Do I Fill It From?

  • Use Rainwater Collection for RainBarrels and Cisterns

rain resources

Rain Collection can Add up Quickly, Try this RoofTop Rain Calculation

    • If you have 1200 sqft home and only half of it empties into a 50 gallon drum, it would only take .13 inches of rain to fill it up!
    • so the same home would only take .65 inches of rain fall!
        • 1 gallon = 231 cubic inches ≈ .1337 cubic feet
        • 1 square foot = 144 square inchesfigure it out on your own: 
  • Surface area of the roof draining into barrels (Hint: you do not need to take into account the pitch, or slant, of your roof. You do have to take into account what fraction of your roof is emptying into rain barrels.  For example, if you have a simple roof, say a rambler style house, and all the downspouts in the back empty into rain barrels, then the surface area emptying into rain barrels would be approximately 1/2 the width of your house times the length of your house. If you have two downspouts in the back and only one empties into a rain barrel, than it might be more like 1/4 the width times the length.)
  • Equation:
  • (total capacity of barrels in gallons x 231)/(surface area in inches of roof draining into barrels)= # of inches of rainfall to fill

You Don’t Have to Use Roof Tops for Water Catchment

Use that brain and you can figure some awesome stuff out.  Examples:

  • Tarp
    • By its self
    • Under a Tree (offset)
  • Emergency Ponchos
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Multiple jugs, cut and sequential

Keep a Simple Pressurized Cistern with City Utilities

  • Water goes out, you have a reserve
    • Pressure
      • Water that is 10 foot High is the same pressure as city utilities.
      • You only need water 2-4 foot high for good pressure.
    • Contamination
    • Any Cistern is a Hydro Powered battery
      • Moves stuff
      • Turn turbines
      • Run transfer pumps less to home from source
  • If in attic, remember how heavy water is
    • 8.33 pounds per gallon
    • 50 gal is 416.5 pounds!
    • 250 gal is 2082.5 pounds!
    • These calculations are without the tote weight

Wells Are Great for Survival Water

well water resource

  • They almost don’t dry up
  • They have access to clean water
  • They provide you with necessary minerals
  • You will need Backup Pumps
    • Solar Pump
    • Hand Pump
  • Wells can go to cisterns instead of to the home.
    • Any reservoir can be pumped to a cistern

Now Search Your Home and Neighborhood for Water

Take time, using the list I have created for you and see how many ways you could get water.

Formalize your plan, and create goals (not timed YET) that you want to achieve in preparedness.

Check your Home, Yard, Neighborhood, and Local Wilderness.

Understand your Water Options Now, Before it IS TOO LATE!

Enter and Win!!!

Enter the challenge for:

  • 13 Different Adventures to try
  • A way to put enjoyment back in life
  • Cool Tips and Tricks for future adventures
  • Entry into our Yearly Giveaway
We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit
Ken is addicted to fitness and mountain biking. He is such a thrill seeker, people are starting to be concerned!He enjoys MTBing, Hiking, Climbing, Geocaching, Orienteering, Weight Lifting, and Wilderness Survival.

Comments are closed.