Sunday, September 28, 2014

Water Plan; Part IV

This past week our family went on a walk along the stream that we wanted to collect water from in a SHTF scenario. We have since changed our plans on collecting water from this source. The upstream portions have a lot of manhole covers along the stream, which doesn't bode very well for the quality of water after the power goes out.

(stock photo courtesy Google)
We might consider it a source of water after the first winter post-SHTF and after a couple of heavy storms to cleanse the stream. Do you know what is upstream from your water source? I figure that oil from cars will be leaking into the stream, and other chemicals might become a problem as the scenario unfolds. I've marked the stream as a no-go for water collection, but have also found a few pools via Google Earth that could be worth investigating after an event. If the house is still occupied, we might be able to work out a trade of raw water into drinkable water.

We should be wrapping up the water plan series this week, so Keep Right On Prepping - K


  1. If you have to use the stream don't take the water directly from it but dig into the bank or side about a foot or so from the waters edge. Then let the water soak through the earth barrier as kinda an initial filter type thing. This will remove alot of the pollution. The water will certainly be cloudy and muddy but much easier to filter in your own system at home.

    1. I hadn't thought about that aspect of the water collection process. Thanks for the comment.

    2. It's a trick people used to use who had to get their water from the same ponds that cattle frequent. It also effectively removes any E.Coli Bacteria or so I have read.

  2. All that's upstream of my creek is many, many square miles of national forest. No people or any of their stinks or pollution.