How to Survive Without Running Water on Your Homestead

It’s every prepper’s worst nightmare: the day when the water stops flowing from the taps. 

What do you do when your only source of water is a mile away and there’s no way to carry it?


How do you keep your family hydrated and healthy in an emergency situation?


In this blog post, we will discuss how to survive without running water on your homestead. We’ll cover everything from collecting rainwater to purifying creek water. Stay safe and hydrated!


Plan Ahead


This is key in everything in life. The same can be said when it comes to being on a homestead without water. If you know that having access to water might be a problem you should prepare for that. This can be through various ways.


Rain Water Collection


Water collection is going to be your bread and butter so to speak. If you are able to collect rainwater and a lot of it, this will enable you to live on your homestead without a direct source of water.


For example:


Let’s say you have a homestead in a desert type of climate and you have not been able to find water on your land. Well, the solution would be to collect. This has to be done on a large scale or you will run out of water quickly.


Hauling water on a homestead


The amount of money that is spent hauling water on a homestead is upsetting. Think of all the time being spent that you could be doing many other things on your homestead.


Hauling water is not suitable long term in any homestead situation. Yes, if you have no other choice then you have to do it. But that doesn’t need to be the case!



Rainwater Collection On Your Roof



One great way is through rainwater collection from your roof. This is a common way that many people collect rainwater.  There are thousands of gallons of water that fall off your roof every year. It would be a disservice not to take advantage of this!


You will have to have, piping from the gutters on your roof and into your water barrels.


Barrels and Tanks Are Not Enough


Collecting water in barrels is great! You can collect thousands of gallons just using your roof but that might not be enough.


One alternative way of collecting water is building a cistern yourself.


Benefits of building a cistern on your homestead


The main benefit of building your own cistern is that it can be a second form of rainwater collection that can easily store far more than any rainwater barrels or tanks.


This is because you can easily build a cistern that can hold tens of thousands of gallons of water if you are ready to roll up your sleeves.


Building a cistern is one of the most important survival assets a homesteader can have. In the event of a drought, a cistern can provide an essential source of water for your home. In addition, a cistern can also help to protect your home from floods. 


By storing water in a cistern, you can reduce the risk of damage to your home and belongings. In addition, a cistern can also help to save money on your water bill. By collecting rainwater, you can reduce your dependence on your local water utility. As a result, building a cistern is an excellent way to prepare for drought conditions and reduce your monthly expenses.

                                Build A Pond


Building a pond is another great alternative to surviving on a homestead without water. I would recommend building a pond as one of if not the best forms of water collection that can make sure you and your family have water security.


This can be done by hand but in truth, I would use an excavator. The pond is not going to be a small one but needs to be large enough to hold a lot of water which means you really should use an excavator in my opinion.


If you do not have an excavator then I would recommend renting one, for at least two days in order to get the pond to the width and depth you need.




When you use an excavator in building your pond it will take 1-2 days in comparison to months. It is worth the cost!


How To build the pond?


The key element that you need to make sure your rainwater collection pond works is finding clay. The clay will keep the water in the pond, naturally.

If you use an excavator with some clay you can easily build a pond that can hold hundreds of thousands of gallons of water.


When you have a pond that has the capacity to hold hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, without losing the water because of clay, you are in business.


Just think how your homestead would change with one pond alone. You will never need to worry about water again on your homestead if you build your pond to hold hundreds of thousands of gallons. You will need an excavator.


A key tip when building is to put the pond in an area where water flows naturally. This will only make your pond fill up faster when those precious rainfalls come your way.


You would not need to haul water ever again. Your goal for water should be at least a hundred thousand gallons of water to live comfortably.


If you have tanks, a handmade cistern, and a pond with a large capacity for water collection, your water problems will no longer be there.


Filter or Purify Water


One way to make any of this water drinkable is by using a Berkey Water Filter. I personally have one and it acts as my main filter for any water that I drink. This will filter out any harmful bacteria or viruses that may be in the water.


Pre-filtration of your rainwater is having nets or a screen so that leaves and bugs stay out.


When you are talking about filtering a larger amount of water for showers, sinks, and bathrooms then you will need to use rainwater collection filters. There are many that you can buy.


Even if you have plenty of water barrels set up to collect rainwater, it’s always a good idea to have other methods of collecting water in case something happens and those barrels run empty.

This is why cisterns and ponds are two great ways to make sure you always have access to water, even if your main source goes out.


Not only will these structures provide you with a reliable source of water, but they can also double as beautiful features on your homestead that will enhance the value of your property.

These are the ways to survive without running water on your homestead. If you implement these things all together you will be able to do well on your homestead without a direct source of water.


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