I believe that many preppers forget how important water is; and they focus on stockpiling on food (which is important) at the beginning, instead of securing water.
I’m sure you’ve probably heard the old saying: “You can live three(3) hours without shelter during inclement weather, three(3) days without water, and three(3) weeks without food.
So as long as you already have a roof over your head, you’ve pretty much gotten the shelter part taken care of; so next for survival in a grid-down situation is WATER.
Now I don't think there's anything wrong with procuring food and water at the same time; but just don't forget to procure your water while you start stockpiling or securing your food for a grid-down scenario.
Now, depending on where you live, you hopefully have plenty of water sources nearby you should the grid go down and the water stops running out of your tap. Luckily in my area we have plenty of rainfall that we can collect, plus we have a lot of lakes around us.
And for those that live in my arid areas that are void of natural water sources and rainfall, I would really suggest that you store thousands of gallons of water to tap into if and when the time comes.
Now in a different article I will talk about how I got my rain barrels, but this article is about how to purify water.
So let’s say the grid has gone done and the water is no longer running out of your tap, and now you need to use water from a nearby lake or stream… or water from your rain barrels:
Here’s what many preppers forget when it comes time to use that water from the nearby lake or their rainwater:
1. Sterilizing (using chlorine or water sterilizing tabs) the water may kill bacteria and other bad stuff… but it doesn’t get your water crystal clear
2. filtering your water may make it look clearer, but may not remove contaminants.
So what I like to do to make my lake or rain water safe to drink ALONG with making it crystal clear is:
1. I like to first run my water through some kind of pre-filter like a towel or something like that.
This just simply removes any large particles that will help to prevent clogging your water purifier.
2. And then I like to add a little bit of home-made chlorine to it. This probably doesn’t have to be done with the method that I use to purify water; I just like that little extra protection. But the chlorine helps to kill any living microorganisms in the water that may hurt you.
3. And then finally I run the water through my Big Berkey water purifier; and I have personally changed green algae-filled lake water into crystal-clear, crisp, and safe water (that I have personally drank).
Now, the Berkey should not be called a water “filter” because it actually removes so much bad stuff that it’s actually considered a “water purifier.”
The Berkey removes like 99.9% of the stuff that can harm you; including parasites and microorganisms and chemicals and all kinds of bad stuff.
If you’re interested in checking out the Berkey water purifier, then click here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BWIX1EQ/?ref=exp_ethicalpreparedness_dp_vv_d
And if you’d like to see the video where I demonstrate how I will purify my water after the grid goes down, then click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYSeqiZ66gE&list=PLa2nLSRBPkgyQGS58MgtSxlJLqztE6pv7&index=4&t=0s
Now it's important that you should always have back-ups; so while my Berkey is my most trusted way to purify water, I also have other back-ups.
I have the Sawyer which is much cheaper than the Berkey, but it doesn't purify as well. And if you'd like to check the Sawyer water filtering system out, check out this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005EHPVQW/?ref=exp_ethicalpreparedness_dp_vv_d
And then I also have extra Berkey elements (filters) that allows me to make the "Poor Man's Berkey" by using plastic 5-gallon buckets instead of the expensive stainless steel reservoirs.
And if you're interested in going this route, here's a link to the filters themselves: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BWIWW1Y/?ref=exp_ethicalpreparedness_dp_vv_d