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Poor Man's Cistern for Water Storage

An earthquake can make a well, or spring dry up. A well can run dry, in a bad drought. Your existing water source might not flow fast enough to take care of all the watering needs.
Farm folk have lived, for generations, dealing with these challenges.
Mom and Dad had a well, and a cistern. I remember setting at the kitchen table, drinking my coffee, at 4:30 in the morning, looking out the window, before jumping on the tractor with the disk behind it. (I would follow Dad on the plow, in the fields.) I would see the ole, trusty hand pump, as the kitchen light shined on it, looking, to me, as if it were patiently waiting.
I found it comforting to know, that if the electricity went off, and the electric pump wouldn't work, I could run out to the pump, to get water.
This has always been the lifestyle of farm folk. However, if you are new to rural living, one of the first things you may want to do is secure a large backup supply of water. It is certainly an imperative, before the SHTF! (Stuff Hits The Fan)
These instructions, are for a permanent cistern. It isn't something you can pick up and take with you, if you bugout.
It can be useful, in town, if you have your own yard, and your local ordinances will let you make one.
However, you can build as many cisterns, as you want, at your rural bugout location!
There are two options, for building a poor man's cistern.
The first is to simply dig a 6'x15' hole, that is 6' deep. This will give you approximately 3,000 gallons of water. Then order a pond liner, for around $1 per square foot, from a farm supply catalog. You could also ask your local farm and home store to order it in for you, but it will cost at least twice as much!
Next scavenge for old deck boards. Warm weather is the best time to do this. A lot of people put their old deck boards, out on the curb, to be picked up, for disposal, when their town or village has its annual or semi-annual, free junk pickup. Just make sure it is lawful to 'recycle' scavenge that town, first. (Had to put that last bit in.). ;)
It is a good idea, to line the bottom of the cistern hole with, at least, 1' of sand. There will be a lot of weight pushing down. Any sharp rock, or stick could poke a hole in the liner, with that much water weight. It is also a good idea, to go over the dirt sides of the cistern, and remove any sharp rocks and/or roots.
The same roots, you just worked so hard, to dig and pull out of the dirt, will keep right on growing. These roots will poke through the pond liner and ruin your cistern! They have to be kept at bay, for many years!
There is a solution! Do this before you put the pond liner in the cistern hole:
Tree Root Stopper Recipe:
To keep roots from growing into your new cistern, get an old-fashioned dust mop, to use as a 'paint brush'.
Next paint the whole interior, of the cistern hole with this recipe:
2 gallon, outdoor latex paint, 1 quart Epsom Salts, 1 quart Salt, 1 gallon warm Water.
Heat the water to just before the boiling point. Dissolve the Epsom Salts and Salt in this water. Let cool to room temperature. Mix the salts mixture with the latex paint. Stir thoroughly. Use the dust mop to apply liberally, all over the inside of the cistern hole.
This is a really messy, sloppy, job. Outside is the best place to mix everything. Also, you need a good, dry weather spell. Let this coating dry in the hole for two days, before putting the pond liner in.
Tree and other roots, will get a 'taste' of this disagreeable stuff first, and 'decide' to go a different direction! They won't even get to the pond liner!
Use the deck boards to make a frame around the cistern. Bring the pond liner, up and over the frame. Secure it to the frame with lathes and screws.
You can bury PVC pipe from down spouts, to a sand filter, dug down and made beside the cistern, then connect the filter, to the cistern with PVC pipe. Use a flat PVC fitting, on the end of the pipe, then use waterproof, outdoor glue, to glue the cut out hole, in the pond liner, to the fitting.
Or....use a garden hose, from another water source, such as a well, or contained spring, to fill the cistern.
Be sure to bury an overflow outlet for the cistern. This is attached, the same way as the inlet. This outlet can be connected to an existing grey water system, or to a raised bed garden system, for a more permaculture utilization of the cistern's overflow.
The cistern overflow can also be connected to other cisterns, to fill them also, from just one inlet!
The last cistern, of a series of cisterns, can have two outlets built into it. One for overflow, and one with a valve. The outlet with the valve, can be connected to a livestock watering system. Just put overflows on the animal water fixtures, so they don't always have a muddy mess to stand in.
Make a cistern cap, with the rest of the scavenged wood. Cut a hole in the top, and put a hand pump on it, and/or connect a different pump system to the cistern.
Or! Use this same wood, to make a weatherproof, painted frame, below ground level, cover with a tarp, then with sheet metal, then another tarp, and bury it, for concealment! An outlet can be built into the cistern, buried below the frost line, leading into a basement, where a hand operated pump, fills a gravity flow water tank, in the house.
This is a system any bugout house needs, for times when everyone may need to stay inside, for long periods of time, during a SHTF event, when living off grid, or the grid electricity goes off.
Make sure to paint the exposed pond liner with outdoor latex paint, if using the method of wrapping the pond liner up, over top of the wood frame, above ground, otherwise, the liner will get brittle in a few years, from sun exposure. Or simply burm dirt around it.
Another way to create a cistern is a method I used, back in the late '70's. None of us even knew there would be an internet back then, let alone instructional .PDF files to download, but I used a method that is on the net today! Back then, I figured it out myself, now, here it is on the net!
To save typing so much, I will simply tell you to go to your favorite search engine, and type in 'Rapidobe', then hit enter.
Rapidobe is strong, and unbelievably versatile, when it comes to building!
Simply adapt the Rapidobe method to below ground building, leaving the sides of the cistern walls sloped. Treat the cistern hole with the Tree Root Stopper Recipe above, first. Lay plastic or tarps on the walls, then follow the Rapidobe instructions, as if to make a one-sided wall.
Plan out, and install what inlet and outlet pipes you want. Then cap the cistern with the scavenged boards, and/or tarp and sheet metal, according to your needs.
Water storage does not have to cost thousands of dollars! With the two methods, I have described, even a poor man can be prepared for whatever SHTF scenario may come, and for every day water needs, even during drought.
Just think of how comforting it will be, to know that when the SHTF, your long-term survival water source, will be there, in the cistern(s), you built, dirt cheap!
I hope this helps you and those you love.

Anonymous Ole Prepper

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Poor Man's Water Storage

Water storage is a must, regardless of whether you live in the country, or not.
Water gives you a better chance of surviving any SHTF (Stuff Hit The Fan) scenario. How much water you store, depends on how creative you can be, with what space you have available.
The most simple way to store water inside, for those who live in town, is in 2 Liter soda bottles.
These bottles are strong, and tough! They won't even deteriorate for 250 years, in the sun!
These bottles can be stacked on their sides, floor-to-ceiling, supported by a 2"x2" frame that supports the shoulder and bottom of the bottles. Basically, this is, simply a frame to keep them from rolling away! It doesn't have to be fancy.
I wouldn't put any more than three wide, in each frame though. The weight of the water in the middle of a wider stack, could cause a disaster on its own!
However, multiple frames can be made, to line a whole wall, in a basement. If building them, for use, inside a house or apartment, it would be best to not put any more than three racks, on any given wall. The weigh of the water could cause a structural situation.
Basically, the rack would look like this:


Each new rack uses its neighbor's support, until the last rack. If making a huge rack, like the one above, alternate the 2"x2" frames, with 2"x4" frames, every third frame. With that much weight....2x2's are good, but not that good!
Approximately 70 bottles, will fit in just one, single frame that is 8' tall!
I put 2 tablespoons of homemade Colloidal Silver, in each bottle, before filling it with water. (Look for .PDF's to download, on how to make your own Colloidal Silver machine. It saves a ton of money!)
These water racks can be built anywhere the water won't freeze.
I have noticed, over the years, people sometimes put a floor lamp, in a corner, just because something needs to set there!
Did you know you can store approximately 100 gallons of water, in a corner with just two racks? Put a board top on the racks, set a small lamp up there, and you still have mood lighting! More importantly, you have water when the SHTF!
Curtains can be hung over the front of the water rack, if built in living quarters, for those living in apartments, and homes without a basement.
A table, setting against a wall, can hide water racks, underneath. Throw a large table cloth or decorative quilt over it, and the racks are out of sight!
Any gap, along a wall, anywhere in the house, could be a good place for even one rack!
Look around your house. It may surprise you where you can find space to put a rack of water!
Another method of storing water, is with plastic barrels. You can get these, usually for free or dirt cheap, from a local soda bottling factory.
These barrels will need to be kept, where they won't freeze. Pour in 1 pint of homemade Colloidal Silver, fill the barrel with water, and it will be safe to drink years from now. (I would still filter it again though, to improve the taste. :)
You can get creative with these barrels and put bungs in them, and connect them with PVC, to use them as a water catchment system. There are lots of .PDF's to download on creating water systems with barrels.

I hope this helps you, with your SHTF preparations.


Anonymous Ole Prepper

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Water Storage Methods (You'll Need Both)

After Hurricane Sandy last week, people found out that not only did they need clean drinking water, so did their pets,  but also water for laundry, bathing, doing dishes, toiletry. etc.  The majority of these folks had no water stored up for an emergency.  But since we live fairly close to the New Madrid Earthquake Fault, we have been storing water for years.  We recommend you start today, no matter where you live.

K.I.S.S. - Keep it simple stupid.

Non Drinking stored water.
 We buy 1 gallon plastic jugs of milk for the family.  After each jug is empty, we rinse it with luke warm water, don't use hot, these jugs are for cold usage only, they will melt. DO NOT drink water out of them. Fill the jugs with tap water and screw the cap on snugly.  This water can now be used indefinitely for bathing, cleaning, laundry, washing dishes, flushing body waste, and much more. AGAIN NEVER drink out of these NON DRINKING WATER JUGS.  Even after you rinse them initially, they still may contain bacteria from the stored milk. NOTE: We get used milk plastic containers that hold 4 jugs each, they come in red, blue, green, black and can be found on places like Craigslist.

Drinking water.
We have found that in a emergency, the last thing we want to do is boil dirty water, there may be no natural gas or propane available, and we don't want to use our stored firewood, especially with winter coming.

So we purchase drinking water. We have found the best drinking water at Walmart.  Their stores have a Culligan water dispenser in their grocery section.  We buy the 1 gallon jugs filled manually by us at the store. The water is derived using reverse osmosis. The blue 1 gallon jugs are made from a much  harder plastic than regular milk jugs and have a very secure screw on cap. The blue color helps keep light out, but always store this drinking water in the dark.  We label each jug with a piece of masking tape with the born on date. We keep 2 gallons of drinking water in our refrigerator weekly,  so we rotate the jugs drinking oldest date first.  This water can be stored safely  over 6 months, or add 1 drop of Ultra Clorox Bleach to each jug to be stored over 1 year. Again we stack these 4 jug containers on top of each other.

How Much Should You Store?
[This question] depends on how many family members and pets you have?  I recommend at least having a six month supply of both.  A family of four with one pet can get by with using one gallon drinking and one gallon non drinking per day. DO THE MATH.℠ (Right-side navigation page SSI insertion)