Water Procurement and Treatment

Useful links for water procurement and treatment including rainwater harvesting, use of greywater, water filters, how to find water, and more…

DISCLAIMER: Some of this information can potentially be dangerous, even deadly… attempt at your own risk! As such, you should always seek appropriate medical/legal/professional/expert advice whenever possible. Therefore, I accept NO liability whatsoever for your use or misuse of this information.


Rainwater Harvesting – Read about how a couple created a system to collect rainwater from their roof. To aid with your preps, consider using this Water Conservation Calculator to get a quick idea of how much water you can expect to collect annually; to use it you need to know the footprint of your rooftop (in square feet) and annual rainfall in your area.

Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting [PDF File] – A rather large discussion on collecting rainwater. Some information is provided for household use as well an up-scaling the idea.

How to Drill a Well – Information and equipments needed to drill a well in your own backyard! This can be a good backup (or even primary) solution to a rainwater catchement. Here is more information on drilling your own well for the real DIY individuals. This Flojack hand well pump might come in handy during an emergency for those with a well system.

Finding and Purifying Water in the Wilderness – An epic resource for all things water-related in the wilderness. You’ll find information about finding water in a variety of situation, including the desert, the beach, and in the snow. Plus, you’ll discover several ways to purify water, including a variety of makeshift ideas and more.

10 Ways to Find Water in the Wild – More suggestions for finding your most precious resource if you find yourself lost or out for longer than you anticipated.


Looking for the best water filters for hiking, camping, and bug out? Check out these top 10 water filters.

Zen Water Purification, Filtration, and Treatment – A VERY complete resource discussing the types of water contamination as well as the MANY methods to treat water for consumption. I highly recommend you spend some time reading this page.

Water Filtration Facts (Part 1 of 2) and Understanding the Nines – Two very useful articles discussing the science behind water filtraiton, what the numbers mean, and why it may be critical to your well-being.


Water Storage Series FAQ – Links to several well written posts regarding a wide range of water-related topics, including storage options (containers, barrels, towers), all about rotation, an assortment of treatment options, and plenty more. These posts are well worth the read.

6 Dangerous Myths About Water – A brief article regarding six potentially dangerous myths your should understand.

US Drought Monitor – An easy to read color chart of the USA that indicates how dry a geographic region may be. This can prove useful for gardening and water procurement concerns.

Waterborne Illness Prevention Factsheet [PDF File] – A concise document briefly detailing the most common waterborne illnesses. Includes a table summarizing the diseases including most likely sources and symptoms.

Using Greywater– Interesting information about the use of greywater including common mistakes people make, FAQ, and examples.