Water is very important to survival and yet, it often gets little room in our preps.  After a hurricane, earthquake or other disaster your water source may be cut off or contaminated.  To live, with normal exertion, a person needs at least 1 gallon of water per day.  If you are sick, you might need more water than usual (if you know what I mean).  That can come from drinking or from your food.  If you plan on doing real physical labor, which in a SHTF scenario might just happen, you will need more.  If it’s hot, you will probably double your intake as well.

There are three of us in my family.  The Wife, Babygirl and myself.  That is 3 to 6 gallons per day at the minimum.  If we we’re without water for only a week, that is 21 to 42 gallons of water we would need.  What if it didn’t come back on for a month?  We would need 90 to 180 gallons to just survive.  That is not counting personal hygiene, pets, household cleaning, taking care of waste or the garden.  What if it never came back on?

Some people store cases of water they got from Costco and some even store it up in 55 gallon barrels.  There are those who have wells, springs or creeks.  I have none of that.  I live on the top of a hill and the closest source of water is the Puget Sound about 5 miles away and at the bottom of the hill.

My only option is to do a rain barrel system.  On average, we get about 54″ of rainfall per year.  The winter is good to us giving 7″ to 9″ per month.  The summer is where it hurts at about 1.5″ per month.  I need to store about 4 months worth of water.  Not hard at all for the consumption aspect.  4 months times 180 gallons per month is just over 13 x 55 gallon barrels of water.

I don’t want to just survive the end of the world, I want to thrive.  I want to be able to give my neighbors water if they need it and I’m sure that I will have a sudden influx of twice removed second cousins who want to take shelter with us.  From time to time I would even like to take a shower or even flush the toilet (at least we have septic and are not plugged into the sewer system).  All that leads up to, I’m gonna need a lot of water.