Water

Here's the process...

  1. collect water
  2. filter water
  3. purify water

Stored water will be the single bulkiest item - and heaviest - you will have to store. You can choose between some of those big 10 gallon jugs, or two liter bottles.

I think one and two liter bottles will be your most economical solution. A lot of people drink soda. Simply save, wash, and reuse the bottles. Others survive off of sports drinks. same detail. Wash, save, reuse.

How much water? Here's the formula: 1G*(P*D)=survive.

1 Gallon per person per day. 4 people? 4 Gallons.

How many 2 liter bottles would you need? 8. So, 1 liter bottles? 16.

20 days would mean 80 gallons of water.

So your shelter should stock 20 days worth of survival food and water at a minimum. Maximum? 3.5 years.

So for 20 days for 2 people would be 152 liters of water, or 304 liters for a family of 4.. I'm sure the average family drinks 10 bottles of soda in a month easily. Make it a priority to save them! Or sport drink bottles.

Why are they better than the big heavy water bottles? Well, for that reason. Big and heavy. Storage is your other reason. When you're building or converting your shelters, you'll only have so much room for storage. You'll suddenly find that odd little hollow spot here and there between things is ideal for water storage. It's a lot more work to make storage room for big, heavy bulky 7 gallon bottles.

15 gallons 120 lbs
7 gallons 56 lbs
6 gallons 48 lbs
5 gallons 40 lbs
4 gallons 32 lbs
3 gallons 24 lbs
2 gallons 16 lbs
1 gallons 8 lbs

On the other hand, the 7 gallon bottles means you only have to have 12 of them! so you have to decide what's the best situation. hundreds of little bottles, or a few big bottles?

How Much Water do you need to survive the Tribulation?

Forget it. It's not workable. You'd need 2,520 gallons of water for two people to survive the last 3 1/2 years. That would mean lugging around over ten tons of water when you had to flee one spot and go to the other. A stockpile of water helps to fill in when you can't collect. Here's the rule of water - collect when you can, drink stockpile when you can not.

Water Purification

It's easy to collect small amounts of water in some areas. You can take 1 liter bottles and duck-tape them to the ends of tree branches. The dew will make them collect little bits of water every morning.

Flat spots with solar stills... same thing.

Going to a stream to get water - remember, there's living things in the water. Everyone seems agreed you boil it for 10 minutes. Rule of thumb as advocated in US Army Manuals agree with the ten minute rule. If you filter the water first, you'll do better. Coffee filters are designed for filtering water, by the way. You can buy them in bulk.

Other filters - a t-shirt. When getting water from a pond or from a stream, filter it through a t-shirt first. You'll want to wash that t-shirt daily, to remove any weird little critters that may be in the shirt, and probably dry it by a fire or on a warm rock.

Most experts agree that straining and boiling is all you need to do. Remember, worst comes to worst, you can scrape and heat a deer hide to cure the center, then fill with water and add heated rocks until the water starts boiling!

To find water, go downhill. Why? Where does water run? Downhill. Where does it collect? Downhill. Go downhill. Something to keep in mind when planning your shelters. If you put your shelter at the bottom of a hill... expect to have rainwater flood it eventually!

Water Still

 Keep in mind that ALL catch systems seem to have a built in stop level. You have to harvest your water out of there to collect more.

The above still can also be used to filter polluted water (meaning stagnant - I wouldn't try this with chemical or oil contaminated water). Simply remove the green material, pour the stagnant water around the catch cup without getting any in the cup, and cover and wait. Within 8 hours, you should have condensation create water in the cup. YOU WILL STILL NEED TO FILTER AND BOIL THE WATER TO BE SURE!

Going to a stream to get water – remember, there’s living things in the water. Everyone seems agreed you boil it for 10 minutes. If you filter the water first, you’ll do better. Coffee filters are designed for filtering water, by the way. You can buy them in bulk. Tshirts are wonderful strainers as well.

Most experts agree that straining and boiling is all you need to do. Remember, worst comes to worst, you can scrape and heat a deer hide to cure the center, then fill with water and add heated rocks until the water starts boiling!

To find water, go downhill. Why? Where does water run? Downhill. Where does it collect? Downhill. Go downhill. Something to keep in mind when planning your shelters. If you put your shelter at the bottom of a hill… expect to have rainwater flood it eventually!

Survival instructors like to explain that you need to diversify. Don’t just learn one way to collect water. Learn all the ways! Get fresh water from streams, rivers, lakes, pools and puddles. Always purify it by straining it and boiling it. Set up solar stills. Set up drip bottles to catch dew.

Do this and live. Don’t do this and die. The rule of thumb is three days without water equals death.

Harvest as much water as possible while you can. Every place on earth has dry seasons.

Harvesting - how to

The first thing to do is find any source of running water. This is going to be your primary. Someone in the group should have water duty DAILY. You should be putting aside not just the water you need TODAY, but stockpiling water for the future. There are going to be severe droughts in the Tribulation, and although I suspect if you're saved you won't have any problems, I can't guarantee it. STOCKPILE WHEN YOU CAN.

Feeling tired and don't want to walk downhill to collect water? Is it too cold to get up and go get water? Too bad. Either rig up a piping system, or get out of bed, soldier! DO NOT DRINK THE STOCKPILE until the emergency drought is over!

Solar Water stills... the info is above on how to make one.

Stagnant water stills... construction is the same for the solar still, you just pour the water slowly into the space around the cup. It's better to filter the water and boil it. But if you've only got a small amount, like a muddy puddle, you can do this.

Plant Bottles: Simply take a one liter bottle and duct-tape it to the end of a branch. It's amazing. You do get small amounts of water. You can also do this with plastic bags as well.

Ice and snow: Ice and snow are free water. Simply collect. Do not eat snow, as it frosts your mouth. and requires healing. Healing dehydrates you slightly. It's "two steps forward, one step back" for eating snow.

The areas I'm recommending for survival are all areas where snow and ice are a guarantee. Simply dig up snow and place in bottles. Icicles can be placed in bottles or cans. If you are running low on water while you collect ice and snow, fill a can or bottle with snow and tuck it inside your jacket against your body. In 5 to 10 minutes you'll have water to drink.

If you're allowing ice and snow to fall and simply melt, you're wasting TONS of water. Collect it.

Rain catches: This is as old as rain itself. For the curious, rain started about 4,600 years ago. Noah probably realized after the waters receded, that now water fell from the sky. He no doubt began placing bowls out where water could collect.

You can use just about anything as a rain catch... you'll need to put a screen of some kind over it, such as a wood square with window screen trapped in between. Why? Rats. Rats need water too, and they urinate everywhere they go. So if a rat has been drinking out of your rain catch, guess what's in your water?

AVOID POLLUTED WATER. I don't think that any amount of straining and boiling will purify water that has motor oil in it.  I've seen I don't know how many people pour used motor oil right in the ground. If you're choosing to shelter in place in a big city, be aware of that for water sources. If it has a rainbow slick in the water, don't drink it.

Coleman Cooler

Water Filter: Window screen is something that you urgently need. fortunately they sell it in bulk in big box hardware stores like Lowes and Home Depot. Again, the square or rectangle construction concept is what you need.

  1. It's as simple as making six frames with screens.
  2. Add a layer or charcoal to three of them. Add a layer of sand to the other three. Yes, you can buy sand from hardware stores. Look in the paving stones section.
  3. Stack your filters over a pot.
  4. SLOWLY pour your water in. It has to filter, and that takes a few minutes.
  5. Once the water is filtered, you now boil it for TEN MINUTES.
  6. Dump your pot into a cooler. This is a 5 gallon cooler. It weighs how much when full? 40 pounds.

 

Active Water Still: This can distill salt water into fresh, if you're in that kind of situation. Simply fill a container with water, seal the top with a hole in it and a bent tube leading out to a container to catch the water.

Now... light a fire under the container of water. The water boils, steams, the steam goes through the tube into the bottle and collects as distilled water.

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