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Methods To Transport Emergency Water From Source To Home

by Ken Jorgustin, Modern Survival Blog:

Water. You all know that water is among the very highest of priorities for survival. The vast majority depend on flowing water from their local municipal water department while others depend on their wells.

Since many of you are also preparing for a worst-case collapse scenario whereby the infrastructure may also collapse or be interrupted, one of your highest concerns should be a plan (and the methods) to move emergency water from an external source back to your home…

Think of a hypothetical scenario – regardless of cause – your existing water source ‘dries up’. Gone. Add to that scenario the circumstance such that everyone else is in the same predicament. Lets say that the grocery stores have all sold out of their water bottles.

Uh-oh, what will you do?

Don’t take the easy way out of this exercise and tell yourself that you’ll simply drive out of the area until you find a store with some water. Lets say that all store supplies are gone. What will you do?

Well let me offer a few suggestions:

Find the nearest water sources BEFORE you need them
Find the nearest water source closest to your home. Then find another one. Some people may have water literally in their backyard. Others may not have any easily accessible water for many miles or further.

Don’t just look off the main roads. There may be a creek or stream or small pond much closer than you realize. One easy way to find water sources is to look via ‘Google Earth’. You can zoom right down to your location and explore all around. You might be surprised how many backyard swimming pools that you discover too! (lots of water there)

Another way to find water sources may be to look through a local Fishing Map Guide.

You don’t necessarily need to find a lake. Many very small creeks, streams, and brooks wind their way through regions and often go unnoticed.

The means & methods to transport the water back home
I haven’t fully described the scenario, but lets say that your vehicles are still functional and you still have gasoline in the tank. Obviously you could drive as close as possible to the water source. You’ll have to walk the rest of the way and use buckets to gather it.

Note: Water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon (it’s heavy!)

However lets say that you either don’t have an operational vehicle or the water source is well into the woods. Think about how you would get in there and then out of there with all that water weight…

Water Jugs
You will need water containers that won’t spill out. Examples:
Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container
Aqua-Tainer 4 Gallon Rigid Water Container

Wagons & Carts
You might need some sort of wagon or cart to haul that water. Examples:
Gorilla Carts Heavy-Duty Garden Poly Dump Cart
Rubbermaid Commercial Big Wheel Cart

Drinking Water Filters
You will most definitely need a good drinking water filter at home to purify your source.

Related: Water & Water Filters

Give it some thought. Where might you acquire emergency water if you needed to… and how would you get it back home?

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5 comments to Methods To Transport Emergency Water From Source To Home

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Yes, we ALL like the dedicated fancy water jugs. But there will be LOTS of people who DON’T have good water jugs.

    Here’s an “adequate” water container (but it can also FAIL), but hey, when getting and keeping some water is a matter of LIFE and Death, anything that works is better than NOTHING.

    Quick, SIMPLE, and can hold about 15 or 20 gallons is a ROUND-PLASTIC GARBAGE CAN. If it’s dirty, then WASH it out with some laundry bleach, let it set for 30 minutes with a strong bleach solution, then RINSE it, and fill it, etc.

    Before you can USE ANY garbage can, HOLD it UPSIDE DOWN (to the LIGHT), stick your HEAD into it and LOOK for HOLES, SPLITS or THIN (weak) spots.

    RECTANGULAR cans will SPLIT OPEN on one of the FLAT sides. (Cheap Swimming Pools are ROUND for a reason-it’s a natural STRONG shape.)

    Those 33 Gallon cans may actually hold a full load of water, BUT it will be subjected to SOOoo much stress, that it is MUCH more likely to SPLIT OPEN and lose ALL your water. It’s best to fill it up just HALF way to be on the SAFE side.

    I’ve got a normal size round garbage can that is about 3 years old, sitting in the sun and rain, FULL of rain water, and has NOT split open yet. But I’m NOT jostling it either.

    Another good water item (if your not trying to move it), are those CHILD swimming pools. Adult cheap pools can hold a LOT of rain water (don’t forget the bleach and the filters.)

    If you’ve got older trash cans, perhaps you can put ONE inside of another, for added strength, or just in case one starts to leak, the double layers will save your water?

    Perhaps put a plastic can liner in there, to act as a leak preventer?

    In a “pinch” a LEAKY can, you could make sure it DRY and CLEAN, and put some DUCT tape over the hole to seal it.

    Don’t forget that TOILET TANKS are hooked up to the DRINKING water pipes, so you can collect a few gallons of GOOD water from the TANK (not the Bowl you dummy).

    Hot water heaters, are typically 40 gallons of DRINKING WATER. (Turn OFF the gas or electric power because as soon as you drain it, the thermostat will turn on and DESTROY that water heater.)

    Got some camping coolers? They hold water pretty good (perhaps put a bit of duct tape over the inside of the cooler over the drain hole, so if the drain plug leaks, you won’t lose all your water so fast.)

    Buckets, jugs, plastic tarps or sheeting can turn many different things into water baskets.
    Even a laundry basket, with a plastic tarp or sheet in it, can hold SOME gallons of water before the pressure gets too much and splits the sides.

    Kitchen pots and tubs. Home BATHTUB (cover and seal the drain) and you can put about 30 gallons in there.

    Got a FULL size junky spare tire on the rim? It still holds air pressure? You can let out the air pressure and even if you gotta cut a HOLE in the side wall, you can bleach-rinse it out, and then store several GALLONS of water in it.

    If you’re clever, you COULD remove the entire valve stem system, and perhaps even put a pipe on it, or slide some TUBING into the hole and fill up the tire with water. (Aluminum rims are better because the steel rims will start to rust.) Alternative, you could stand the tire upright, and cut a hole and insert a hose or funnel into the TREAD to fill it up. Just ROTATE the tire a bit to start getting your water back out of it.

    This was just a bunch of COMMON SENSE ideas to help you get your brain started again, doing your OWN inventive, creative clever ideas on how to rise to ANY CHALLENGE that you and your family may have to conquer.

    Good Luck. Be tricky, be clever.

    When bad luck or disaster is chasing you, and trying to catch you, just remember…….
    Run Forest RUN!!!

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    PS. Patching or taping holes or plastic sheeting only works if you apply the tape to the interior. Duh!!!!

    100% silicone caulking (the type that smells like vinegar) is the same stuff they use to seal up glass aquariums, and in the car parts shops, they color it black and call it RTV sealer. It’s NO different. Even the cheapest caulking tubes of it from Walmart is rated to withstand over 350F degrees. Feel free to use it for oil pan gaskets, water pumps, rocker arm covers, etc.

    Take it from me, we used this same stuff in the factory (engine) assembly lines at GM, and I read the spec sheets, etc. Window and bath silicone caulking is the same (bathtub caulking has some anti mold-mildew additives.)

    keep it in your memory for later use.

  • CalSailX

    When I’m prospecting, and likely to have a campsite well away from water. I’ve a number of bladders from inside “boxes of wine” to tote water. If you fill them up, and drop them inside a backpack you can keep both your hands free for other things.

    I used to know someone that drank a lot of box wine, so I’ve a number of them. They don’t take up much space when you fold them up, don’t weigh much, and I’m still surprised just how tough they are. Water is heavy, and if the terrain you have to get it from is rough you can’t carry a lot of water in one trip anyway without hurting yourself sooner or later.

  • C.I.

    I have a water source that will not dry up.

    It is about knowing about………….a lot of stuff about your chosen locality.

    Fuck Up and be dry etc

    End of story dudes


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