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    • #146072
      Joe (G.W.N.S.)
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        Consider how much water you use daily.

        Where does it come from?

        What alternatives are there in your immediate area?

        How will that availability hold up to everyone in your area using it?

        If things go bad you can’t count on municipal water.

        Lakes, ponds, rivers, etc…have you had that water tested?

        Different pollutants require different solutions to make it usable.

        What’s the population density to alternate sources?

        Have a well?

        What if there’s no power?

        A generator may buy you some time, but how much fuel do you have?

        Solar and wind has strengths and weaknesses.

        Do you know how deep your well is?

        There are hand pumps for most situations, but the deeper the well the more costly the solution.

        While not ideal, I would have the materials available to make a drop bucket as a last resort.

        These are the minimum considerations and a taste of solutions.

      • #146073
        Civilianresponder
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          I like rainwater collection. We are on well water but it is a deep well so hand pumps are not an option. I currently have 3000 gallons that are constantly refilled with rainwater from my roof. I built the system with a roof washer system so the first 100 gallons off the roof are diverted into separate holding tanks to be used for irrigation or whatever. The collected rainwater would need to be filtered and purified. I’ve got filtration methods as well as chemical purification methods.

        • #146074
          Joe (G.W.N.S.)
          Moderator

            We are on well water but it is a deep well so hand pumps are not an option.

            Don’t know your specifics, but there are solutions to a little over 300 feet. I mention it because many have no idea you can go that deep.

          • #146096
            Civilianresponder
            Participant

              I’m not sure of our static water level but our well is 480 feet deep, which is beyond the reach of available hand pumps when I researched. Solar powered pump is an option but expensive. With my calculations if we were careful with the water the tank storage should be able to sustain us between rains.

            • #146097
              Ronin42
              Participant

                approximately, how much was a well that deep to install?

                also, whats a good way to test surface water, like a pond, without paying an arm and a leg (if possible)?

                mvt alumni CTT & DCH
                some other schools..

                part time tactical couch potato

              • #146100
                Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                Moderator

                  With my calculations if we were careful with the water the tank storage should be able to sustain us between rains.

                  Outstanding! :good:

                  Every situation will vary, but of all the preparations water isn’t given the importance it deserves.

                  In Florida it’s far easier than many States!

                • #146104
                  Joe (G.W.N.S.)
                  Moderator

                    also, whats a good way to test surface water, like a pond, without paying an arm and a leg (if possible)?

                    $31 at my local department of health and includes the container. Additionally check into your state water management as it may already have that data available.

                  • #146106
                    Ronin42
                    Participant

                      sweet, thanks. id really like to know what state my pond is in.

                      mvt alumni CTT & DCH
                      some other schools..

                      part time tactical couch potato

                    • #146115
                      wheelsee
                      Participant

                        sweet, thanks. id really like to know what state my pond is in.

                        Check a map?? (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself :whistle: )

                      • #146116
                        Civilianresponder
                        Participant

                          :good:

                        • #146117
                          Civilianresponder
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                            I think in my area well drilling is about $12-15 per foot

                          • #146124
                            SeanT
                            Keymaster

                              sweet, thanks. id really like to know what state my pond is in.

                              Check a map?? (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself :whistle: )

                              I lived on a property for a decade that was in 2 counties. The driveway county was the winner for most things.

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