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Water Catchment, Purification and Storage

You can only survive three days without water. Then your body will begin to dehydrate. Initially you will feel weak and dizzy. As the strain of dehydration sets upon you, you will experience heart palpitations, confusion and fainting spells. Once the fever sets in, diarrhea will follow and death soon thereafter.

During your dehydration, you will be tempted to drink water that contains bacteria resulting in dysentery. This will only expedite your physical degradation.  Water is arguably your most important prep.


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Here are some facts to consider:

  • The city/urban water supply can become contaminated, unusable, or unavailable for a variety of reasons. Country/Rural water wells can become inaccessible if there is no electricity to drive the water pumps.
  • Water cannot be rationed below the needs of minimum human requirements as humans must have a certain amount of water per day.
  • Out of the sun, the minimum is two quarts a day per person just for drinking.
  • Humans need a gallon of water per day for sanitary purposes and cooking.
  • There should be enough water for the entire family to survive a minimum of fourteen days. Seven days will get you through 50% of disaster time frames without water. Fourteen days will statistically see your family through 96% of known disaster emergency situations.





FEMA suggests storing one gallon of water per person per day for about a week. Look at your most recent water bill. Divide the gallons used by the number of days on your bill. Surprised? How does that one gallon per person per day sound now?

It is essential that you establish a system of water catchment, purification and storage.  There are complicated systems that can be established. But you also need to learn bushcraft methods.

These posts will help.