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What is your REPLENISHABLE water supply, per person, per day:

  • 0 (I live in an apartment and can only store water :( )

    Votes: 7 10.9%
  • 0-3 gallons

    Votes: 4 6.3%
  • 3-10 gallons (I can keep myself alive)

    Votes: 11 17.2%
  • 10 - 50 gallons (I can live reasonably comfortably)

    Votes: 4 6.3%
  • 50-100 gallons (I can live very comfortably)

    Votes: 4 6.3%
  • 100 - 1000 gallons (I can probably water my veggie garden!)

    Votes: 6 9.4%
  • 1000 gallons + (I have a year round freshwater stream, yay)

    Votes: 28 43.8%
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Just wondering.

Here in Australia many rural people use water tanks as their sole water supply.

A typical family of 3-5 would probably have about 8,000 - 10,000 gallons of water storage, catching rainwater runoff from their house and shed.

most catchments are easily big enough to ill this storage at least once a year.

In this case, assuming a family of 5, their pessimistic (because we are assuming it only rains once a year all at once) replenishable water supply is:

10,000 / 5 = 2000 gallons per year

2000/365 = 5.5 gallons, per person, per day, roughly.

I am connected to town water, but even so I have a water tank.

Assuming my town water is disconnected, my replenishable water supply is 3 gallons per day.

This is enough to live off, but not comfortably. However this was a pessimistic guesstimate, it doesn't rain once a year, so i would probably have more like 5 gallons per day.

I see many people on this forum with just a couple of 55 gallon rain barrels and i think to myself that just not enough, and wont last them very long at all.

So, for the poll the rules are:
-Supply must be replenishable, i dont care if you have 40,000 gallons stored, if its not connected to enough catchment, it doesnt count.

-Catchment per year must be greater than the amount of storage (if i got 500ml of rain a year, on a 100 square meter roof space, then any storage in excess of 50,000l (12,500ish gallons) doesnt count

-Water must be drinkable either directly or with boiling only (some wells wont count if the water is brackish)

-If you have a freshwater creek/river but have no storage, then the amount per day is when it is at its lowest flowrate.

-This is ONLY for your primary residence. Bug out locations, nearby national parks etc don't count.

I think thats about it :)

For those that have less than 1 gallon per person, per day then may I suggest a water tank for your next prep item :) (you call them cisterns over in America i think... the big ones, 1000 gallon plus)
 

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Well, I voted 1000+ gallons. I'm not sure how many gallons I could pump out of my well, but I have about 100 gallons of fresh stored now and ways to store a massive amount at any given time.

Btw...hand powered pump is standing by...just in case. :)
 

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Will be moving back to where there is only rainwater and not town water soon. Currently, I am on town water and use caught rainwater for the garden (should be the other way around). Previously, though, I have lived on rain water, one 25,000 litre or so tank. My parents had 3 x 25,000 litre tanks. They went through water like people who live in the city. Their tanks were almost dry one year during a drought. Mine was still half full at the end of summer. I was clean, my house was hygienic, animals had water, I just learned to be sensible with it's use. Bathe like they did before indoor plumbing (jug and bowl), brush your teeth with a cup of water not by running a tap (rinse you toothbrush in the cup too), use water from cooking or clothes washing on the garden, socks and underwear were washed in the water we had bathed in and hung out in the sun. Try to eat food that doesn't need cooking (or at least no cooking with water).
 

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I have a good stock of bottled water, but this makes me want a couple rain barrels. I will have to read up and see how the utilize them properly.
 

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Just 1?

For something that crucial, I would want at least 2 :) (unless you have some other way of getting the water such as bucket and rope...)
Ok, technically I have a backup for my backup, I just didn't go into that much detail. :)

If somehow my well was compromised, I have a backup water source too. :thumb:
 

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I live on a small clean river with a flow rate averaging around 300 to 450 cubic feet of water a second peaking to around 600-700 after good rainfall. Occasionally getting as high as 1500cfs. I also have a deep well and my 2 ponds total about an acre. Water is not high on my list of concerns.
 

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Good point, wel worth thinking about.

However I hardly ever have to water my garden. It rains pretty often. Average annual rainall is 34 inches or 864 mm.

I have a pool that I pretty much never have to add watr too - its more likely to need water taken out. I think the pool is 20,000 gallons. It serves as everything but drinking water. I will filter rainwater for that.

I have a stack of new trashcans in my garage ready to put into my gutter system if I have to. They would overflow in a normal rain. So each rain I can get probably 150-200 gallons? from the roof of a 4 bedroom hous w attached garage.

So - Having a couple 55 gallon barrels and some water cases will probably work for me. I am more often trying to keep the damp out of my house then worrying about water.

In the deep south they get double my rainfall.
 
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Pretty much unlimited, creek, sump-pump, plenty of rain and neighbors with wells and ponds
 

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We have 10,000 & a 2500 gallon tanks. But we have a stream and small dam for our water power system in a ravine that stores a lot of water. Our two springs feed the water tanks easily,all but 1 yr year out of the last 30. We have many of the old mine shafts on the property that are full time flooded and would be used for watering the gardens if needed and could be filtered for drinking if we had to. Though the water from the mine shafts does stain everything it comes in contact with. We get a lot of rain in the winter & spring so water has never been a problem.

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I have a good stock of bottled water, but this makes me want a couple rain barrels. I will have to read up and see how the utilize them properly.
The most cost effective way of storing water is probably the 245 gallon white tanks that have that metal scaffolding stuff around them...

However, they arnt UV treated (i dont believe) like proper water tanks, so if you get them try and keep them either in a shed or in the shade.

you should probably have more than just a couple of rain barrels, though of course, anything is better than nothing :)

I forked out AU$900 or so and got myself a 1250 gallon rainswater tank.

As far as utilization, its not difficult, stick them on the ground, and get some PVC pipe to run from your gutter to the tank :)
 

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My apartment overlooks a river. My BOL has the same river roughly 1 mile away and 3 openings for springs that come directly off the aquafer within 100 yards.
 

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I think your numbers are a little off, it is recommended that each person drink 1 gallon per day.

So really your 0-3 should be (I can keep myself alive)
 

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About 100 gallon per minute creek at the edge of my property. It used to run a 18' water wheel for a mill. Year round and clean.
 
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