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