Surviving the Looming Water Crisis
In communities all around the United States, a frightening new crisis is coming to light.
It has nothing to do with the price of fuel. Or food, even though both are on the rise and this crisis could drive them up even more.
The truth is, water shortages are becoming more common around the United States.
In Utah, for example. A growing population using record levels of residential water is putting a strain on local water sources and forcing local authorities to seek out new supplies of fresh water.
Or look at Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. Those three states have been fighting over water rights from two rivers that flow through all three states.
The drought is getting worse, and now, many states even have laws against setting up catch systems for rainwater. You read that correctly. In some states, it is illegal for you to collect and use rainwater. In those states, rainwater belongs to the government.
This Crisis Is Global
According to a survey of state water managers, 36 states will begin facing regular water shortages this year. Water managers from 46 states are concerned about serious shortages if there are drought conditions.
But it’s not just the United States facing down a water crisis.
In fact, we’re better off than many nations. Access to clean, fresh water is becoming a real problem all around the world.
As nations become more economically stable, water demands go up. The people demand more water for sanitation. Growing industries need water for manufacturing processes. Water also plays an important role in power generation in many countries.
As populations become concentrated in cities around the world, there is also a growing tension between urban demands and rural demands.
All these differing demands have led the Water Resources Group to predict that in less than two decades water requirements will outstrip sustainable supplies by 40 percent.
Think Food Riots Are Bad?
Wait Until the Water Riots Start
When resources get scarce, governments do funny things.
Our government has long had laws on the books that they can apply to prevent hoarding of scarce resources. And in 2012 Obama signed an executive order that gives the federal government the right to seize any and all resources from any source as it sees fit for “promoting the national defense.”
My point is that as water becomes more scarce, it may become more difficult to set up and conceal your own water reserve. The best time to do that is now.
What You Can Do About It Now
Follow these basic steps for a long-term solution to water shortages or breakdowns in the local water supply infrastructure.
Step 1: Start building your personal water reserve. I recommend storing water in food-grade, five-gallon containers. These containers are easier to move than 50-gallon drums. They are also easier to conceal. A single five-gallon container can meet an individual’s water needs in an emergency for five days. So you’d need six of these to set up a one-month supply for a single individual.
I also recommend finding several separate places to store your water containers. Keep a few containers in the garage, a few in the garden shed, a couple in the trunk of your car, and a few more in a storage closet. By breaking up your storage system
like this, if someone tries to seize or steal your water, chances are they won’t find all of it.
Step 2: Come up with a good filtering or water treatment system. It’s simply not practical to store a lifetime supply of water. If a water shortage lasts longer than your reserve, you need to have a plan for making what water you can find safe to drink.
Step 3: Set up a water-catch system. Such a system may be illegal where you live, but only if you use it. Build it now with the plan to use it only if an extreme shortage or supply breakdown happens in your area. If it’s legal where you live, go ahead and start using it as soon as you can.
Step 4: Learn to locate water. In an ongoing crisis, it will become essential that you are able to locate usable water. I shared some tips in a past article that will help you achieve this.
A water crisis is well underway around the world, and it’s beginning to affect many communities in the United States. Let it serve as a reminder to begin preparing for a water shortage well before it happens.
P.S. The fact is widespread water shortages have become a real and serious threat. If you’re faced with such a crisis, it’s imperative that you have an effective, reliable way to procure safe drinking water. I have a lightweight, easy-to-conceal tool that you can use to purify water. Follow this link now.