Prepper Book Festival 13: The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: August 24, 2021
Prepper Book Festival 13: The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide

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.

Preppers Water Survival Guide | Backdoor Survival

You already know that I consider Daisy’s book to be one of the best available on the subject of water (she is one lady who really does her research!), so I am also pleased to have three copies available in a giveaway.

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

Since it has been awhile since you answered this question, please tell us again what you are personally preparing for.

Hi, Gaye! Thank you so much for welcoming me back to another festival!  

For us, preparedness is about being ready to play the game of Life. When we wake up in the morning, we never truly know what the day ahead will bring. Will we have a large, unexpected expense? Will a forest fire or other sudden disaster draw near our home? Will we have reason to need to protect our families due to civil unrest or crime?

I want to be prepared for all of it, and I do so by being as self-reliant as possible and by practicing good security measures. We could go for quite some time without needing to go to a store, which means we could go into lock-down very easily.

In your opinion, what is the likelihood that the event you are preparing for will really happen?

I live in a drought-stricken area that is prone to wildfires. Thus far, we have been okay, but there have been a couple of times that we were on the verge of evacuation. That is the most likely scenario for us.

As for the other worries, based on where I live, they’re somewhat less likely, but I want to be ready for them anyway.

Here is a related question. Of all the events that are likely to occur, which situation do you feel you are least prepared?

I’m least prepared for an event that forces us out of our home and might turn us into refugees. We don’t have a secondary bug-out location if stuff really went down. Sure, we have a place we could go for a few nights if we needed to, but we don’t have a long-term retreat.

My hope is to shelter-in-place for a long-term emergency.

What is your own personal #1 prep?

It sounds clichéd, but it has to be knowledge.

Over the years, I have read voraciously, practiced many different skills, and really immersed myself in the self-reliant lifestyle. I went from being a city girl prepper who had never lit a fire to being able to live off-grid in the cold winter climate of Canada, heating only with wood. I’ve learned some farming basics and have raised fruit, vegetables, and meat for our family. While I don’t live like this all the time – we still go to the store for some things and I have central heat at my current home – I know that I possess these abilities.

The only way to know this is to actually do it!

If you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

You know, even the preparedness mistakes have been a learning experience. I’ve made ill-advised purchases, taken leaps without being ready for them, and allowed my health to take a backseat to other endeavors. But through all of it, I’ve learned to overcome the obstacles, and that is every bit as important – maybe even more so – than doing everything “right” in a textbook kind of way.

Do you have some advice or a personal message you would like to pass on to Backdoor Survival readers?

Yes! You are on the right track here with Gaye. There are so many unfriendly places on the web that make you feel like you are going to die unless you head off to the boondocks and live off-grid. While that is a great adventure for some people, it simply isn’t feasible for most of us. We have mortgages, family obligations, jobs, and other responsibilities. We can’t let prepping take over our entire lives.

But that doesn’t mean we’re doomed. We can take many steps and incorporate our preparedness goals into our lifestyles, no matter where we live or what our limitations might be. Find advice from people who understand this. Then, keep prepping and don’t let anyone discourage you!

The Giveaway

In my usual style, I have three copies of The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide  in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.  This week, there is no giveaway question.  If you do want to leave a comment, however, feel free to do so, especially if you have a water storage trick to share.

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The winners of this giveaway will be notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  Due to customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

In the years since I began to prep, the one thing has remained constant is the need to store clean, drinkable water.  Secondary to that is the need to have water for hygiene and cleaning purposes.  In Washington State, this was easy.  In Arizona?  Not so much but I am learning.

Need more information about emergency water?  Here are some additional articles for you:

Emergency Water for Preppers Part 1: Acquisition
Emergency Water for Preppers Part 2: Purification
Emergency Water for Preppers Part 3: Storage
Emergency Water For Preppers: Part 4: Resources

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #13: Books to Help You Prepare.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight:  The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide

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 & 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.


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57 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 13: The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide”

  1. My biggest worry/frustration (I have many:)) is trying to get my family on board. At times, they look at me like I’ve lost my mind.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway- would love to add this book to my collection. Without clean water there is NO survival!

  3. The water prepared 160 gallons containers are the way to go over the 55 gallon barrels if you have the room since they are stackable.

  4. Gaye, thought I’d use this “open” comment to thank for your continued perseverance and willingness to take us all along for the ride☺.

  5. This is a great book – well laid out and easy to read. This should be the first book in every prepper’s library!

  6. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of the articles and giveaways and information that you share. I learn so much from you every time! Thank you!

  7. Help. I’ve been over run with mice. Anyone know a sure fire way of getting rid of them without poising them to die and stink in the house?

    • We have always used Decon pellets but I believe they are now banned. (Not sure.) I have 3 dozen boxes stockpiled LOL. I realize they are poison but we put them at the point of entry where my dog can not get to them. The mice nibble on the pellets and, I believe, go back to their nest to die. We had a ton of field mice in the area around our Roche Harbor house but not once did one die in the house or crawl space.

      Just a thought but you could try soaking some cotton balls with peppermint essential oil and putting them near your food supply. This has worked to keep insects away from the food in my cupboards and also the raccoons from getting into my bird feeders. For this purpose use the el-cheapo oils from Now Foods and not the good stuff you use personally on your body.

    • Check around your foundation area for small openings and where the house meets the foundation as well. My sister ran into this problem and it was determined there were small openings the mice were squeezing thru. Those places were stuffed with steel wool and then filled in as appropriate. Mice cannot chew thru steel wool. She also had to have an exterminator come out and check the house for the path trail the mice take. They will urinate and leave a trail for other mice. The exterminator told her what she could do in some places to get rid of the scent and then extermination was done with a follow up visit on two other occasions. Since then no problems. Her house is about 90 years old and has large stones making up the foundation. A mouse can flatten it’s body to get in any opening even if we think it is too small.

  8. Water is survival…..important information to have. Thanks for all the hard work you do to spread the information on surviving.

  9. Donna,
    I too have family who thinks I’m nuts, but I keep doing what I am doing and one of these days they’ll come around. I have said to family members Since I am retiring soon I want to stock up on stuff so we don’t have to pay the higher prices later on. One of my Bro in law thinks that’s smart and he’s been adding to his pantry a little at a time. So he’s unknowingly “prepping” right now.

  10. It would be nice if some of our more creative members would come up with an easy and resourceful way of filtering and purifying water and share it with us. 🙂

  11. I don’t know if I have any secrets on water. Most of what I have learned is from others. Craigslist is my favorite “store” for buying things. Frankly, watching how much water I use daily, I think the 1gal/day is far too small. You may be able to drink, cook and bathe. But little else, such as the dishes or laundry. I agree with the assessment I have seen many times. No matter how much water you can store, you need a renewable source. One thing I have done differently. I acquired some barrels that are not food grade or have an unknown history. I filled them with water, and then labeled them “Non-Potable”. I can use this water for many things and save my drinking/cooking water.

  12. I really enjoy your articles and, of course, the opportunity to win books, etc. I’m learning a lot but I have more to do.

  13. Just wanted to say that I subscribe to a lot of newsletters, some prepper, some not. Yours is one of only 2 or 3 that I consistently open and read. No nonsense, no weird theories or political ramblings, pleas to send money or buy questionable products or ebooks. So-THANK YOU for quality content, ethical reviews, common sense and sharing your journey with me.

  14. I started to read your blog a few months ago. It’s very useful and informative. The biggest problem I have is getting my husband to clear his “stuff” from the basement where I want to expand my pantry.

  15. Ms. Levy,

    I know you have probably seen this question before, and I have asked it before. However I am asking again, how and where if at all can one get access to previous books that you have given away? Thanks for all the information you have and share.

    • I am not sure I understand the question. Do you mean one master list of all of the book festival titles I have featured over the years? (That is a lot of books – it never occurred to me that someone might be interested.)

  16. I recently made MillBank Bags to give to some friends for Christmas. MillBank Bags were issued to British and Australian soldiers during WWII. They are used as rough / first stage purification of local water sources. It’s a canvas bag, with a specific shape to force the water to drip out and off a particular edge making it easier to collect. Once a fair amount is collected it can be chemically or boiled to make it safe to drink.

    • Yes, I am now permanently in Arizona. I will be responding to the wheres and whys in an upcoming article. We did purchase a mountain retreat and it closes on Friday!!! One acre – so exited!!

  17. I am anxious to start really delving into my water preps. We are taking this winter to plan a rain water catchment system!

  18. I live back up in the hills with a good year-round creek right outside my door, so I figure I’ll have lots of water if I need it. The thing that I don’t have yet is a good in-house water filter, but I’m working on that.

  19. A catch basin has just been created close to my house. The water we see in it will have to be cleaned and purified for use but at least there is this extra source as long as there is rain water going into it. I have plenty of coffee filters, multiple water filters purifiers and powdered pool shock. Adding charcoal, like the type used in aquariums, small gravel and sand to make another type of purifying/cleaning water option. Can never have enough ways to make clean drinkable water. An In-ground pool as well as areas in my immediate area to trap rainwater. Next spring we plan to get some rain barrels.

  20. This book would be an excellent addition to my library of reference books. Would love to win it mainthe price perfect too.

  21. This is our weak point. Basically very little water available nearby. Don’t know what I’d do if the we had none, and storage eventually ran out.

  22. water is the life blood of everything without water there is no life, I would love to add this book to my collection

  23. I’m always searching for new ideas. I am hoping tgat this book will provide me with some new ideas to improve my Water Storage preparations.

  24. Living in LA, earthquakes are always on my mind, but especially after another part of the world experiences a devastating quake. The big one will hit, it’s just a matter of when, so in the mean time we prep as best we can.

  25. Gaye, thank you so much for all the work you put into your blog, it is SO appreciated! I also appreciate people’s comments, so many good people here!

  26. Water is probably everyone’s first priority and learning how to produce safe drinking water is something that I read about a lot. I am wondering about the Survival Still. Does anyone know if it’s the real deal or someone trying to cash in on the beginning preppers (like me)?

  27. I’m the only person in my family who is prepping, I still have a lot to learn and I feel that you’re always learning when it comes to prepping, Which I find wonderful. I love that there are, in some instances, many different ways to accomplish tasks and reach your goals. I believe that’s the foundation of prepping and homesteading.

  28. Sure would like to win the book.
    I have wanted to move to AZ. for years but can’t seem to get my wife to go along with the move. Had a Brother in Prescott but he has since passed. Still would like to go. Maybe one day.

  29. Storing tap water in glass, one and a half liter wine bottles with screw on lids after a thorough cleaning.
    Luckily have a spring that feeds into a river about a half mile away.
    Like many on here, my wife thinks I’m crazy to prepare for bad times. How do you convince someone who
    doesn’t want to be prepared???

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