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There is only one life or death resource that falls out of the sky a couple of times a month. Every time it rains we literally watch thousands of gallons of fresh water sink into the ground.
It’s strange because in a disaster scenario you would need so much more out of that stuff that just gets absorbed by the ground.
So, what methods can you use to collect that water or use it?
- Rain Barrel Catchment
- Wicking Beds
Have you given any thought to cisterns?
Some basic cisterns can hold 5 times what a single rain barrel holds. That is some serious water storage.
Just like rain barrels, water cisterns can be tied into your downspouts and will probably make a bigger difference.
These cisterns would likely protect your home from erosion as well. Catching water is not only just about saving water it can save your foundation, too!
Remember that water is one of the few preps that there is no option. Being on a body of water or near one is about as good as it gets.
However, you are going to have to have a means of filtering and treating that water if it is going to become your long term water source.
Every drop of rainwater you collect makes a huge difference in the struggle to source water away from home. That is value.
Even storing bottled water in its home has a very limited max capacity. You can only store so much water. It’s heavy and it will also degrade over time. The plastic it’s stored in can be a problem, too!
There are as many varieties of the cistern as there is anything else. You can find them big enough to hold 3,000 gallons in one shot! That is powerful. That is a water solution.
Bonus: Root Cellar That Can Be Used as a Bunker
If you can't afford the box culvert option you can look into is building a backyard root cellar that can be used as a bunker.
If you want to learn how to build a backyard bunker like your grandparents had, without breaking the bank, then check out Easy Cellar.
Easy Cellar will show you:
- How to choose the ideal site
- Cost-effective building methods
- How to protect your bunker from nuclear blast and fallout
- How to conceal your bunker
- Affordable basic life support options
Easy Cellar will also show you how a veteran, with only $421, built a small nuclear bunker in his backyard.