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Do I Need To Store Water If I Have Redundant Wells?

Do I Need To Store Water If I Have Redundant Wells?

Eketorp water well01 300x225 Do I Need To Store Water If I Have Redundant Wells?I got a great question this weekend from a new prepper who was asking about their situation.  They have more than one well and a hand pump that they can use if the main pumps fail.  The big question was whether they still need to store water or if they’re ok.

The short answer is that yes, you still need to store water.

The long answer … is longer!  It’s fantastic to have more than one well, and even better if you can use a hand pump.  We’re in a similar situation at our Farm, we have a drilled well that goes down a thousand feet, and a dug well that goes down about 25 feet.

Having two wells that draw off different water sources (in our case an area fed by an artisian well and a drilled well into a deep aquifer) you get even more redundancy, which is great.

But it’s still not enough.

First, you can’t predict how your water supply will get interrupted.  It’s possible for mass contamination to occur, in particular if your wells draw off the same source.  Or maybe you’re in earthquake country and a single quake can take out both feed pipes.  Or a massive storm hits that takes out the power and drops a tree on your garage right where your hand pump was stored.

You get the idea…

Second, if your water sources go down, you may need that stored water to get back up and running, even if it’s just to drink while you’re getting stuff fixed.  Or operate flush toilets (that was one of the biggest problems we ran into when the original well at the farm dried up one day) … you’d be amazed at how much water you’ll go through if you aren’t thinking about conservation.

Finally, I am a huge fan of the convenience of having 16oz water bottles around.  They’re incredibly convenient, even for day to day use, and when it comes to disasters they can’t be beat.  Especially if you’re not at home.

Bottom line … you could probably get away with it if you didn’t store water, but water doesn’t go bad, and if you’re storing it from a well, it didn’t cost you more than the container.  So there’s really no compelling reason to NOT store it.  There’s really no downside there.

By the way … no matter what or where you are, you MUST have filtration capabilities.  I recommend a Berkey filter (buy it from Jeff, the Berkey Guy) though other ceramic based filters aren’t bad at all.  Having a secondary purification method like pool shock or bleach is a good idea as well.

I also think it’s a good plan to have large commercial size coffee filters on hand.  If your water source has a lot of particulate matter or debris in it, you’ll get a much better life out of your main filters if you run it through something else first.  Use a colander or something to hold the filter.  Cheese cloth or even a T-Shirt would work, but coffee filters are darn cheap and work great.  After all, that’s what they’re designed for…

Food Storage Buckets

Food Storage Buckets

There’s a number of different kinds of food storage buckets that you can use for your long and short term food storage pantry.  I’ve talked about it before, but I’ve gotten enough emails about it lately that I figure I should go over some of the options. Four Gallon Square Bucket My all-round favorite bucketContinue Reading

Water Storage Revisited

Water Storage Revisited

A reader sent me an email today asking about a product they saw online.  I won’t link to it, because the product is a horrible one. Canned water. Yes, you too can buy a case of canned water that is specially marketed towards preppers.  They advertise a 30 year shelf life! Horrible product.  One thatContinue Reading

Is Rainwater Catching Illegal?

Is Rainwater Catching Illegal?

Recently I posted a link to an article about a guy who was being prosecuted for catching rain water. Several of you emailed asking about the legalities involved, and were wondering about catching rain in general. I’ve written about the practical aspects of collecting rain water earlier, so I want to talk a bit aboutContinue Reading

Fermentation Rocks

Fermentation Rocks

I don’t recall if I mentioned this before, but my wife and kids bought me a fermentation crock for Fathers Day this year. I’d had it on my list for a while, but wasn’t quite ready to get it myself. So my Beloved pulled the trigger for me and lo and behold, a new prepContinue Reading

A Few Food Storage Fundamentals

A Few Food Storage Fundamentals

Some of you have recently asked me about making the “step” from short and medium term food storage to long term storage. For me that means going from three to six months of stored food to having a year or two. There’s really a couple of routes to go down here. One is a lowContinue Reading

Are You Ready For The Imminent Food Price Increases?

Are You Ready For The Imminent Food Price Increases?

A year or two ago, I don’t recall exactly when, I had a post about the rising price of food. I read an article a day or two ago that makes me worry again. See, as we all know, there’s quite a drought going on in many parts of the country, with record high heatContinue Reading

A Family Tradition Dies…

A Family Tradition Dies…

So we’ve reached an official milestone. Our kids don’t like to go to the You-Pick berry farms anymore. This is problematic because while they’ve had fun with it in the past, I’ve liked the fact that it’s WAY cheaper than buying berries at the store. Like 25% of the cost. Now, the conundrum. We wantContinue Reading

Freeze Dried Strawberries and More!

Freeze Dried Strawberries and More!

Recently a had a conversation with a guy in Texas who is running his own little online survival preps store, Internet Prepper. Chad is a USAF vet who has been prepping for around three years, and his site sells grain mills, freeze dried and prepackaged food, and some survival odds and ends. He originally reachedContinue Reading

Thoughts on Sustainable Food Production

Thoughts on Sustainable Food Production

This is a guest post from Marie James, who writes about food preparation and preservation at The Homesteader Kitchen. She is also enthusiastic about other rural life and sustainable living topics. The other day I was watching Doomsday Preppers, where several families shared their prepping plans and practices. Each one had a somewhat different approachContinue Reading

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