How to Preserve Water and Prep for Drought and Water Shortages

Updated: Oct 25, 2021



Lack of access to clean drinking water is responsible for nearly 1 million deaths per year across the world. Prepping for a water shortage can range from a stockpile, to a personal water collection system.


Water is our precious resource. We can't live without it.


Areas in the U.S. are facing heavy drought conditions at the moment, and are paying the price for it. California is considering water restrictions and the midwest, where a third of the world's corn and soybeans are grown, are under drought.


When it comes to personal preparation, there are many options to storing and collecting water.


Water Collection Systems

Rainwater Collection

From rain barrels, to advanced collection systems, people all over the world run their lives from rainwater, captured directly from the sky.


Most add filtration systems, but some just use to water their gardens/lawns directly from the barrel. For drinking purposes, some just filter it, while others boil or sanitize it.


Collecting rainwater is simple. All that's needed is a clean, metal roof, gutters and some sort of water-safe tank. Everything else is optional according to need.



Atmospheric Water Generator

This is a type of dehumidifier that collects water from the air. I have yet to find where to purchase on outright, but there are tons of tutorials all over YouTube.


From my understanding, it is the same process that a regular dehumidifier uses, but for potable water. A very interesting, and potentially life-saving concept for countries without clean drinking water.


Natural Springs

Here in Tennessee, we have access to public springs. This means that we can fill up jugs, buckets and tanks directly from a pipe extending from the mountain. I've never ran across anything like this before moving here, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist in other places!


The Oceans

Desalination is the way drinking water is produced from the ocean. Besides the fact that desalinators are $$$, I actually have no experience with this, so I'm directing you to a more in-depth guide, right here!

Storing Water

Water stockpiles can range from gallons of store-bought water, to storing water in 55 gallon barrels. This depends on the urgency of water storage.


55 gallon drums are certainly an option. They're bulky and weigh nearly 500lbs a piece, so they may not be an option unless there's a designated storage area that can handle that much weight. They would need to be fitted with some type of pump or hose, since they can't be easily moved around.


In my opinion, I believe that purchasing five-gallon jugs would be much easier to manage and move around. There are even hand pumps and stands for these, making storage and usage much more convenient.

Canning water is also an option! For someone looking to store water from the tap, or another source, in a hurry, it's an option. Mason jars are available in pint to half-gallon sizes and easily stored.


Mason jars, I think, are a better option because the jar is reusable(and recyclable!)


Buying one-gallon water jugs is probably the easier solution, and I won't say the jugs can't be reused. They can be filled again from a water fill-up station or from the tap!


For someone looking for water storage on a larger scale, such as for a community or livestock, water cisterns are available in varying sizes. They're usually buried under the ground. This is probably the most pricey option for water storage, but the largest option.


There's also above-ground tanks available, even locally from places like Tractor Supply. Both cisterns and these tanks can be filled from companies who provide water services(like the people who fill up pools.) Just be sure to ask for potable water and research the proper maintenance, upkeep and cleaning for your area to keep the water potable.


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Disclaimer: Improperly stored water can make you sick. This post should not be used as a guide. Store and use water at your own risk. Research the proper maintenance, upkeep and cleaning for your area to keep water potable.




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