Living in the desert has taught me not to take water for granted. Unlike the Pacific Northwest, I am not footsteps away from streams, ponds, or a vast sea just waiting for me to collect and purify for personal use. In a continuing effort to educate our readers on the finer aspects of self-sufficiency, I have invited Dan Chiras to share his best strategies and tips for creating a rain catchment system that works. . . . Read More
Water is on my mind this week. Not only have I received quite a few emails about water storage, but I have also been swapping out water filters in my Berkey, and doing my darndest to convince my non-prepper neighbors to store water for emergency use. Given the importance of having good, clean water following a disruptive event, today I am bringing back the Prepper’s Water Survival Guide and an encore interview with my friend, Daisy Luther. . . . Read More
When you think about emergency water, most likely you think about acquisition, purification, and filtering processes. I know that I do. What is missing from this equation, though, is testing. Can we assume the water coming out of the kitchen faucet is safe to drink? And what about well water or home filtered water? Wouldn't you like to know about the lead, bacteria, pesticide, iron, and copper content of your water?
These questions lead me to the topic for today: testing your drinking water using a home test kit.. . . Read More
Over the past few days, something has become very clear to me: Backdoor Survival readers are a community. I have been reading the 176 (and counting) comments to the recent Buzz, and more than a few of you have mentioned that you learn as much from comments as the from the articles themselves. Nothing could make me happier!
Along those lines, recently I received an email from Karen in Nebraska. The topic was "What I learned about water recently" and she wrote about the lessons she learned during a planned water outage.. . . Read More
When it comes to filtering water while on the go, the LifeStraw personal water filter rocks. It is lightweight and easy to use, and, in sort of a perverse way, a lot of fun. That said, I do not mean to poke fun at the very important task of ensuring that drinking water is safe, but it sure does help when the experience is pleasurable.
Do I love my LifeStraws? You bet. I own three of them, one for each of us and a spare. So, when I learned that there was an all-new LifeStraw Steel, I became excited because the all-new LifeStraw Steel includes a 2-stage filtration process instead of just one. How cool is that?. . . Read More
A couple of years ago, when I first learned about the AquaPod Emergency Water Kit, I jumped on the bandwagon and tested one for myself. At the time, I was thrilled by the reasonable cost and my own ability to assemble the kit myself, without the need for any male-type brawn.
As I explained then, an AquaPod Emergency Water Kit is a heavy duty bathtub liner that is filled with water in advance of an upcoming hurricane, storm, or weather system. The kit includes a bathtub liner that is filled with water, some fittings, and a pump for siphoning the water out of the tub.. . . Read More
Finding the space to store water and food for emergency purposes can be dilemma. The reality is that not everyone has a large pantry, basement or cellar where buckets, cases and cans of food and water can be stored away, out of sight and yet accessible if and when they are needed.
That is why when my blogging colleague, Bernie Carr, the Apartment Prepper, asked if I wanted to introduce you to the LifeStack Storage Container and participate in a group giveaway, I jumped at the chance.. . . Read More
For the past month or so, the focus has been emergency water, that most vital but often under-appreciated prep.
During this time, I have highlighted various aspects of water preparedness, including storage, acquisition, and purification. These recent articles, coupled with those that have been posted in the past, bring to you a wealth of knowledge that will enable you to be water-prepped, regardless of where you live and the size of your budget.. . . Read More
It seems as though every day I get a new question or two about emergency water. The most interesting thing is that the questions get more detailed and more technical over time. This tells me that preppers generally, and Backdoor Survival readers specifically, are an educated bunch that are willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure that they have safe, drinkable water following a disruptive event. In the early days of my preparedness journey, I became some what of a water freak. You may, in fact, have heard me use that term. I was lucky enough to have the funds to purchase a 55-gallon water barrel from the get go but stupid enough to place it directly on concrete. (You will learn the . . . Read More
While sourcing water, and especially an adequate supply of water, is a challenge, making such water safe to drink is a whole other matter. There is much confusion relative to the best method to use to purify water. Is it boiling, filtering, adding bleach, distillation, or something else? Truth be told, the answer is “it depends”. Over time, I am starting to believe that the answer you get is dependent upon who you ask and what interests they happen to represent. . . . Read More
When it comes to planning for a disruptive event, nothing tops the quest for a source of good clean drinking water. Water followed by food, are the top priorities for 99.9% of all new preppers and even the seasoned pros still seek knowledge relative to keeping themselves both hydrated and fed. What is most surprising is that as much my colleagues and I write abut water, there are still questions to be answered and water-related skills to be learned. For that reason I have chosen to declare "Water Month" at Backdoor Survival.. . . Read More
Something I have learned over the years is that my own experience coupled with the anecdotal experience of my peers will always trump the theoretical. Most assuredly, this also applies to coping skills learned in a disaster or what I like to call a "Disruptive Event".
Some of you might recall that due to a break at the water meter coming into my home, I was without running water for 12 days. Because I was prepared, the lack of running water was at most an inconvenience. You might even say that it was a grand adventure as I experienced a real life test of both my water preps and coping skills.. . . Read More