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  1. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Can anyone comment on the Berkey brand of water filters? I am considering the Big Berkey, but it is expensive. What do you suggest for alternatives? Thanks, Randle
  2. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Should I prime my system now or wait for a disaster, to prime it? Will it hurt test the filter now? Is there a shelf life on a primed filter? Any help would be really appreciated.:)
  3. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Man oh man, what a weekend. In a previous article we talked about survivalism as an experience and not just a theory. This past weekend was to expand my experience, and to improve upon my theories. Part of my prepping for SHTF / TEOTWAWKI includes going to the Bug Out Location for a couple of...
  4. Reviews & Questions For Vendors
    The Steripen Sidewinder is a hand powered unit that purifies water with UV light. Being hand powered means you can use the unit when there is no electrify, and no batteries required. The SteriPen website claims the UV bulb is supposed to be good for 8,000 one liter treatments. Fill the...
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Each month I have focused on an area and this month is water. I know water should have been first, but it was very intimidating. I live in GA so thankfully we get an adequate amount of rain each year and except for droughts we almost always get a nice shower each 5-10 days. I also live about...
  6. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Anyone have experience with drilling your own backyard suburban water well? I read about some small drills using pvc pipes and a water hose but not sure if that is really feasible. The cost of drilling a legit, large well is prohibitive. I was thinking that since I am just 200 yds from the...
  7. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have filled about 20 gallons of water lately out of tap... I get rural water here in my small town, instead of city water (which rural water is MUCH better). Will that be okay? I store half in the fridge, the other half in a cool location in my home. Should I buy a filter system for my sink...
  8. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Past threads have emphasized the need for country folks to have generators to run their wells....but I have heard no mention about those living in the cities getting their water from huge wells run by the city. If SHTF, and all electricity is lost, including backup generators, people living in...
  9. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I'm on an acre, and in the back 1/4 of the property, water is *very* slow to drain. The ground will stay saturated at least a week after an inch of rain. Are there any types of "wells" or ground water collection ideas you can recommend? This wouldn't be for drinking water. Some kind of way...
  10. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I live in California and just ordered a big berkey water filter, then recieve an email stating that big berkeys cannot be shipped to california due to a lead free law. how freakin ridiculous is that. It makes me question what california is putting in the water.
  11. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Need advice starting out homesteading So I'm seriously considering trying to pull off the homestead bit. I still need to get the land, build a dwelling or buy one. I will need to get septic set up, have a well dug, get windmill/solar for power (especially to run the well), all the while...
  12. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    So, after reading about water for the last 6 or 7 days I find myself at a small impasse. Storing water in 275 gallon jugs is nice and all, and heck, my big berkey is just flat out amazing, but what about long term? By long term I am not talking about 4 months, I am talking about "attack from...
  13. DIY - Do It Yourself
    shallow well drilling using water injection it truly is this easy
  14. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have other filters but after reading about this one I had to try it. Just got it for a home filter. Got free buckets from Walmart. It came with everything including a drill bit. I will get it together this weekend and give it a test.
  15. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    While on a recent camping trip with some friends, I started taking mental notes about the possible issues we could have after SHTF. I like to go on camping trips, or trips away from home, and then take notes about the issues that we faced. Safe drinking water - life as we know it can not exist...
  16. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I live on a bayou that flows into a large oxbow lake. What is the best method of purifiying the water ? Also, recommendation of portable water bottles, the type with filters . I'm just getting ready :D: Many Thanks, Greg
  17. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Just recently picked up a new water tank and was looking for help and best ways to preserve the water and how long it is good for.
  18. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I was thinking of making a prefilter for the water out of an idea i think i saw on here but could not find with a search. take a bucket and thread a 2 inch pvc about a foot long loaded with fiber, carbon, sand,pebbles,and more fiber on top. That would drip into another bucket on bottom thought...
  19. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Wanted to get people's thoughts on the Big Berkey water filter. I already own a Katadyn but was looking to get an additional water filtration system. What are some of your thoughts on a Big Berkey?
  20. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Tried a search came up empty?? Anyone have some resources for DIY Point well? Thanks. Jp
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