Prepper Book Festival 9: Prepper’s Water Survival Guide

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  September 10, 2020
Prepper Book Festival 9: Prepper’s Water Survival Guide

Last week I indicated that this was going to be “Water Month” on Backdoor Survival.  What better way to kick the month off then with a book on water that was written specifically for preppers?  So, with that in mind, this week’s featured book in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9 is The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource.

Written by my friend and colleague, Daisy Luther, I have to tell you that this little book is the definitive resource on all things water.  It includes everything from the science behind water purification to the practical aspects of creating a water plan, storing water, acquiring water, and of course, making water safe to drink.

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Naturally, I have a copy of Daisy’s book up for grabs in a giveaway but first, grab a tall glass of water, and enjoy the interview!

An Interview with Daisy Luther, Author of The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide

What one single event or at what point in time did you decide to become a prepper?

Well, I didn’t know it was called prepping at the time, but it was after my husband lost his job. We had a newborn and absolutely zero income. We had very little food in the house and were too embarrassed to ask for help.

I was determined to never be in a situation like that again, where I couldn’t take care of my child. Full on, Scarlett O’Hara with the carrot in the field. “God as my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”

Okay, there wasn’t actually a carrot and I wasn’t wearing a hoop skirt. But the same idea.

Most preppers have some sort of EDC (Every Day Carry). What items do you carry with you at all times?

I always have my Sawyer Mini, a water pouch, a knife, pepper spray, and a lighter. Generally there is some food kicking around in my purse too, like a fruit and nut bar or something.

Have you ever lived through a real disaster and therefore had to live on your preps?  If so, for how long? What were some of the mistakes you encountered along the way?

Yes, actually we did it on purpose. It wasn’t exactly a disaster though.

After the death of my girls’ father, my oldest went off to college and my youngest and I decided to get away from it all and we moved several hours north, in Canada. We lived in a little cabin in the boondocks that had a very shaky grasp on electricity.

The wind blew, the power went out. It rained, the power went out. A squirrel in a nearby tree sneezed, the power went out. We spent a year up there, and we dealt with wood heat (the only source in the cabin), getting trapped in our house by 5 feet of snow and having to climb out a window to dig out the door, temperatures as low as -46 degrees (at that rate it doesn’t even matter if it’s Fahrenheit or Celsius), frozen pipes, no running water in power outages – you get the idea.

It was a rugged year. We learned so incredibly much from that experience.

The biggest thing I learned is never to have a plan without practicing it. I thought wood heat would be quite simple and was appalled to discover that keeping a fire going to warm your home was not as easy as I expected. I also learned that when the power goes out, so does the well pump.

Finally, I learned that finding what you need for a power outage DURING the power outage is tricky, so we devised little kits for every room and put in them in easily accessible places. The kits had a flash light, candles, a lighter, and some things for entertainment, like books, handheld games, or art supplies.

Bugging out poses a major dilemma for many preppers. Family obligations, money, jobs, and health considerations all play a role in the bug-out, bug-in decision. What advice do you have for those that who will be required to bug-in?

Honestly I believe bugging in is preferable if you can do it at all. When you hunker down, you have the benefits of familiarity, not having to traverse treacherous circumstances to get to your retreat, and your supplies right there at hand.

Practice bugging in with a no-power drill one weekend. Take notes so that you can see what holes need to be filled. Much better to realize a shortcoming now than when you are dependent upon your supplies.

What specifically would you like Backdoor Survival readers to learn from your book?

Water is life. When they say you can live 3 days without it, keep in mind that into the second day, you’re going to start really suffering. That third day you are technically alive but you won’t be functional enough to help yourself.

If you only prep ONE thing, make it water.

The Giveaway

Daisy Luther has reserved a copy of The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide for this week’s Book Festival Giveaway.  She has also provided this week’s giveaway question and has offered to respond to a Q&A later this month.

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The Final Word

As much as I have researched water, water storage, and water purification, there is always something new to learn.  Whether it is shocking a well, building a latrine, or simply finding hidden sources of water, there is always something new to learn to stay one leg up on a potential water emergency.

The one chapter in Prepper’s Water Survival Guide that I found most useful had to so with acquiring water.  Say you know of or found a fresh water spring near your home.  Sounds good right?  But do you know how to test the flow rate of the spring or the types of invisible contaminants that may lurk in those sparkling clear waters?  The book goes into a lot of detail that will answer those questions and more.

Please do enter the giveaway; this is definitely one book you are going to want to keep with your preps and refer back to often.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight:  The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resourceimage

You can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water! When catastrophe strikes, having enough water can spell the difference between life and death. The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide offers a step-by-step plan with straightforward information you can easily follow.


Thanks to this book’s laser-focus on water, you’ll quickly learn how to:

  • Store fresh water
  • Collect rainwater
  • Purify water from lakes and rivers
  • Dig a well for groundwater

In addition to harvesting water, you’ll gain the tools to keep large stores untainted for long periods of time, test the water you collect for dangerous toxins, and treat water-related illnesses that are commonly contracted during a disaster.

No source is left untapped in this all-encompassing guide to supplying life-saving water after a disaster

For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.

Prepper Book Festival 9 – Non-Fiction

Chickens from Scratch: Raising Your Own Chickens from Hatch to Egg Laying and Beyond
Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies
Shotguns: A Comprehensive Guide (PrepSmart Volume 3)
The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource
The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget

Prepper Book Festival 9 – Fiction

Cascadia’s Curse
Apocalypse by Government
New Recruits (The Shadow Patriots Volume 2)
The Line of Departure: A Postapocalyptic Novel
Holding Their Own: The Toymaker

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook print version is available.


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58 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 9: Prepper’s Water Survival Guide”

  1. WATER – gotta have it!!! Fining it. Getting it to the location. Purifying it. and start the process all over again. This seems to be a very hard process unless you have a lake, stream, etc. close by. How do we do all of that and provide security! This book looks like a great help in dealing with all these issues. Thanks for the offer and thanks for the book. I’m looking forward to it – to win would be even better – Lol. Keep looking UP

  2. When someone can not have a well (suburbs) and must rely upon city water services, how much water should be saved per person for say three months? (Drinking, cooking & hygiene included of course).

  3. I keep reading that you can use pool shock and that you shouldn’t use pool shock. My question before I put any more shock away Can one use pool shock for potable water? The filters I see are a bit beyond my means right now but I want to make sure I could use the water from the sump IF I needed to Provided I can purify it properly, this book would be VERY helpful
    Thank you

  4. Where can you store water when there is absolutely no room inside the house & the garage gets blazing hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter?

  5. If you have stored water in 55 gallon food grade barrels, how frequently do you need to “refresh” the water?

  6. My question would be, how to make an easier homemade distiller for water. This would be helpful if one can afford a fancy distiller, but still has concerns about water quality in a less than ideal situation.

    • Use a large coffee urn, use coffee filters in the basket with crushed charcol.
      Pour the water in the top and let drip thru the filter.

    • On youtube a guy made a distiller out of a pressure cooker. If you do a search you should be able to find it. Others have used their pressure cooker to distill water then put it back together for use as a pressure cooker.

  7. How to store water.. absolutely one of the books every home needs on their shelf.. first if you are going to use pool shock as a treatment what is the proper mix I have seen several listed that are suppose to be the best and three of them come from sources that should be the authority on the subject.. so which one should you use.. how to acquire water.. in a shtf scenario it is much harder than it looks..

  8. So far we have rain water catchers, 6 (250 Gallon containers),a half acre pond, and some fresh water springs on the mountain side. That being said, all as it would take is a dry year and sources could substantially be depleted. I am (anal) about our water availability, so much so my family is considering drilling a well, just to “shut me up”. If my “Hissy Fits ” gets that accomplished, I’ll rest more easily. That being said, my next project is to learn all I can about making the water safe to drink. I need to make sure that we all know how. If or when the “poop hits the fan” , that will not be the time to learn about water “Safety”. There will be too many other things to learn “on the fly”. Thanks for all you do to inform us, it is appreciated!

  9. I am interested in using pool shock but have not gotten around to investigating it thoroughly and have looked at my water heater as a 50 gallon source but our water has a lot of minerals in it. Calcium and lime etc. What is the best way to clean it up for consumption?

  10. Is using a WAPI (water pasteurization indicator) really adequate for heating water to a safe enough level to drink?

    Extra question: Doesn’t distilling water assume you have a more than adequate fuel source to heat the water long term? Don’t quite understand distilling for a long-term water solution.

  11. Storage space is at a minimum in a big way in my home, and seasons here create extreme temperatures either direction, so outside storage is not viable. My question would be, best types of containers for limited storage spaces?

  12. What do you recommend for second story apartment dwellers? Everything must be carried upstairs and space is limited.

  13. I have collected dozens of survival & prepper books in electronic format that I’ve saved onto the microSD Cards in my wife’s & my Smart Phones & Tablets. I can litterally cary around thousands of references in my pocket. Since we are both on very limited fixed incomes anything that I might get to add to our prep at little or no cost would be a huge boon. I would be particularly grateful to win a copy of this ebook.

  14. I also live second story in an apt and little space. Not much room for storage, really but most important to have on hand would be good to know.

  15. I store water in empty juice jugs. Every few months I water the plants with one and refill with fresh water. How long should I expect these containers to stay viable in an emergency situation?

  16. What is the best way to filter water coming in from down spouts without clogging the water?
    We have juniper trees around the house and I have covered the rain gutters but still get all of that gunk into the water barrels and it get completely clogged up.

  17. Great review. I am very interested in this book. I want to learn more about how to filter water using things in the northern forests

  18. I know to store water in 5 gallon buckets, and I’ve also heard you can store water in used 2-liter soda bottles & I’ve also heard you can’t. Is it safe or not to store water in the 2-liter bottles? If not, what else besides buckets can water be stored in?

    • You can use cooler, used wine bladders from box wine, mason jars, camelbacks for short term storage.

  19. I am very interested in water collection. We have a well and are real close to a lake and a creek. Water should not be a problem for us.

  20. My question would relate to apartment living and how to store water in a limited space. The temperature is difficult to regulate and I’m afraid of BPA plastics leaching into the water.

  21. Do you have any recommendations for OPSEC when it comes to water? For example rain barrels outside your home could be a red flag that there is a well stocked pepper in that house if looters come by in a crisis…

  22. What is really the best way to make sure you have clean water, filter, distill, boil, bleach, pool shock?

  23. Where I live – australia – water is absolutely the number one essential to survival. Can’t ever be too well informed so i am looking forward to learning more from the book.

  24. If you live in the suburbs, and you don’t have enough room in your house to store a year’s worth of water (or even 3 months worth) for 4 people, what are your other options? And can you drink swimming pool water?

  25. I’ve read about a gadget you can build that will remove water from the air – even when the air is dry. It sounds pretty far fetched to me. Is there any truth to such a thing?

    • Actually, air conditioners and dehumidifiers do it all the time. That is basically what the machine you are talking about is. Plus it has added filters for the water that condenses out for you to drink. As for “dry” air, how dry? If the humidity is 0% you will get no water out. But then again, is the humidity ever 0%?

  26. When it comes to storing water. I have read that you shouldn’t store containers directly on cement floors. What types of things makes a sufficient barrier between the cement and the container? Does it hurt if it is only there for a short time? Thank you both for being such a valuable resource.

  27. If you live in suburbia, Is there a way to disguise a larger outside water storage system so it goes unnoticed by your neighbors or the casual observer passing by?

  28. I have no questions that haven’t been asked by other commenters. If I don’t win, I will still buy your book because I need it!

  29. I hear people almost screaming “Do not drink distilled water!”
    What are your thoughts about having a water still and drinking only distilled water? Would a major disaster make any difference in how you feel?

    • Jim,
      It’s TPTB that don’t want you to drink distiller water. It doesn’t have the inorganic material in it, so nothing settles in your organs. It’s perfectly fine, moonshiners can’t all be wrong.

  30. How long beyond the expiration date can water be safely stored in bottles it comes in from the grocery store? I’m also concerned about opsec for our rainwater barrels, and how often our 55 gal water container needs to be refreshed, or can we wait until we need it?

  31. I have a year-round stream right outside my front door. What filtration system would you recommend for long term use in the event that I needed to get all of my water from that stream?

  32. Wow! So good to see drinking water given the attention that it deserves. Most folks just don’t realize how short-term our lives will be without drinking water.
    What a great gift this book would be for your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors… and even your enemies. The more folks that are aware of the importance of drinking water… the greater the chances of survival for everyone. Why wait until Christmas to give this important book as a gift? How about as random act of necessity anytime soon? Thank you, Daisy!

    Daisy also makes another important suggestion in Gaye’s interview regarding “bugging-in”. While bugging-in will likely not be the best option for everyone… it will likely be the best option for most. So glad Gaye is covering these two most important survival actions. Thank you, Gaye!

    Geez, I’m getting thirsty!

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