One of the projects we are undertaking on our land this year is a private ‘Water Utility Service’ that will let us take water from a variety of sources, stockpile it, and then use a mixture of gravity and some power to feed home sites, orchards and gardens, and stock tank sites.
Ideally the overflow will even give us more volume in our pond, but just having the storage is enough. One of the things we’re doing is providing isolated water feeds into this central storage so we can cut off individiual sources if necessary.
And of course, designing the storage system itself is one of the fundamental parts of this project. We need something that can start small, but is flexible enough to grow and expand without having to redo everything.
While I have a pretty good idea how we’re going to do this, someone gave me a gift that is incredibly applicable. It’s a book called “Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire, and Emergency Use” by Art Ludwig.
Art’s a pretty well known water guy who has a great book out on trapping, storing, and using grey water … Among many other great books … But this book turned out to be far more than just about storage, and belongs on every preppers bookshelf.
The book starts off talking about design principals, the ‘Why and How’ of storage, dealing with water quality, and gets you thinking about pretty much all of the problems you’ll run into, from covering peaks in demand, dealing with variable supplies, dealing with freezing weather, and a dozen problems you never even thought of.
He then talks about the six main ways to store massive amounts of water, followed by different tank designs, features of designs, and how to set up your water storage for success.
There’s a whole chapter dedicated to emergency water storage, and he covers using water for long term storage, grid down situations, and even how to use water for firefighting without power. This was one of the better chapters in the book, by farm.
And for those of you who are thinking “Sure, Rudy, this works great for you and you acreage, but I live in an apartment!” he has a chapter for you as well! The final chapter of the book provides eight different example situations for leveraging his techniques. He walks you through each one of them in detail. Everything from a swank suburban home, to an urban apartment, or even a home in the middle of the woods with no grid ties.
Art also provides several appendices that have all sorts of useful information for designing your system, such as measurement and conversion tables, tank load and structural considerations, and plan sfor making five different kinds of ferrocement water storage tanks.
All in all, if you don’t own this book, you should. This is a must-have book for every preppers library.
Don’t just take my word for it, it gets four and a half stars on Amazon!