Water Sources

What type of water sources are you planning to get drinking water from?  There are many manmade ponds and lakes located around cities, planned communities and golf courses.  I know people who feel that they can use this water.

However, many of these ponds have big lawns or exotic plants around them.  In the southwest and other parts of the country, you see trees that are not native to the area by the ponds.  These trees and lawns take a lot of maintenance.  This results in heavy use of chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides, especially around golf courses.  The runoff collects in these ponds or lakes.  If you are planning to use one of these sources for your water, you may want to check and find out what chemicals are being used nearby.

A tip for people who live or travel in urban areas during an emergency.  If the water is still on carry a pair of pliers, (I carry a Leatherman Wave) many of the outdoor water spigots will have their handles removed.  This is commonly done to keep people from turning them on.


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6 Responses to Water Sources

  1. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    My water collection is tiered from stored bottles under the sink, 5gl jugs, 65gl barrels, then filters of all sizes. There is also the water heater something else them pliers can come in handy for while moving.
    We are on well and currently working on the bailer buckets you showed and another design hopefully this weekend. As bad as it got this summer my 90ft well still had water at 8ft when the pump was replaced so it isn’t going to be to hard to accomplish bringing it up. We also discussed removing a hand crank winch we use for hanging deerand placing it in the well house for my wife who has a bad arm or maybe just buying another, they are only bout $10.
    I have then mapped out every water source within 1 mile ranging from ponds to creeks and runoffs. I have even used my hiker filter and drank from mud puddles. We know where major sources are between possible bugout places as well. I plan on using the deer cart to move it back to my place to refill the barrels until filtering and/or pruification can be accomplished with at least one person providing overwatch cover and being done mainly at night. In the summer we have an above ground pool I put up that can be used after filtering and allowing the high chlorine content to settle. We dont have a full time rain collection setup but we have plans with existing containers and those handmade 5gl bucket filters can just be set out in the rain or under a downspout as well.
    To answer on the chemicals, I have an ample supply as everyone should strive for that will give any chemicals time to disperse because yard maint. won’t continue for long after a collapse. If it is sudden, well guess i’m gonna chance it with the filters I have.

  2. Hunter says:

    I live on a large southern lake – so water is not a problem, but clean water is. Any pond or lake may have problems you don’t know about. The lake where I live is stunning to look at with many trees and wildlife everywhere. There are few lakefront homes as much of the land is owned by big concerns or the goverment. Last year they did a drawdown to fight lakeweeds. This left large areas of the lake dry and great to take out the four wheeler. I started seeing old car batteries people had used as weights or just dumped. Durning that summer I recovered over 200 batteries. Cleared mayby 50 acres of them. The problem is the lake is 17,500 acres and God only knows what else has been dumped. Store lots of water and have a good filter as a backup. DaaSwampman

  3. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    I got to thinking about this and I know how clean city water isnt and yet I survived about 1/2 my life on it. I checked and even the cheap homemade water filters that I use and have stahsed about filter “most” of the chemicals out
    The filtration efficiency is 0.5 micron
    Removal capabilities as follows:
    99% Arsenic 5 and 99% Arsenic 3 (special order)
    99% Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S special order)
    95% Chlorine and Chloramines
    99% Taste
    99% Odor
    98% Aluminum
    96% Iron
    98% Lead
    90% Pesticides
    85% Herbicides
    85% Insecticides
    90% Rodenticides
    85% Phenols
    85% MTBE
    85% Perchlorate
    80% Trihalomethanes
    95% Poly Aromatic Hydrocarbons
    99.999% of particles larger than 0.5 micron (Staffordshire University Labs) (includes Anthrax)
    99.7% of particles larger than 0.3 micron (Staffordshire University Labs)
    98% of particles larger than 0.2 micron (Staffordshire University Labs)
    100% Giardia Lamblia
    100% Cyclospora
    100% removal of live Cryptosporidium (WRc Standard)
    100% removal of Cryptosporidium (NSF Standard 53 – A.C. fine dust – 4 log challenge)
    100% removal of E. Coli, Vibrio Cholerae (Johns Hopkins University)
    99.999% removal of Salmonella Typhil, Shigella Dysenteria, Kiebsiella Terrigena (Hyder Labs)

  4. Jo says:

    I have a 30,000 gallon pool, so theoretically, I should have enough water without having to store any…just need to figure how to purify…I’m a newbie and open to suggestions.

  5. admin says:

    Check out the category on water, a lot of the information you need will be there.

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