How to Secure Your Water Supply in Case of a Shortage
Water is the fundamental cornerstone of life. A healthy human being can survive for a fairly lengthy amount of time without food (up to about a month or so), but won’t survive more than a few days without water. Most people understand this at an intuitive level.
What most people don’t know is that the United States might very well be heading towards a water crisis. Particularly in the arid western half of the country, major metropolises and agricultural operations rely on the freshwater supply of precious few sources – and those sources are continuing to dwindle as population levels continue to rise and as the years grow warmer. In anticipation of a looming water crisis, many people across the country have begun to take their future health and safety into their own hands by stockpiling emergency reserves of water.
As experts in hobby farm lending, we’re highly familiar with the topic of water scarcity. Often, new farmers and ranchers wonder, how will water scarcity affect farming operations? While we don’t have the answer to this question exactly, we can offer some advice on how to secure an emergency water supply.
How to Secure Your Off-Grid Water Supply
Most importantly, an emergency water supply needs to be off-grid, carefully planned, easily accessible, and consistently reliable.
With that in mind, here are the steps that you’ll need to take to set up your own emergency water supply:
- Identify a source. This will depend on where you’re living; viable sources include wells, springs, rainwater, lakes, or municipal water.
- Build a delivery and purification system. This step will require investing some time and money. If you need help with financing your operations, you can always apply for an agriculture loan or grant.
- Establish a storage system. Finally, you’ll need to have a structure to store your water supply. Storage systems can be found online.
Looking Towards the Future
No one can say for certain what the future has in store for the country’s supply of freshwater. What can be said with certainty, however, is that the future security of that supply should never be taken for granted. To learn more about setting up your own emergency water supply, check out this article.
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