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8 Hidden Fresh Water Sources To Tap for Urban Survival

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8 Hidden Fresh Water Sources To Tap for Urban Survival

Finding water in the wilderness is actually pretty straightforward. Walk downhill, look for animal tracks that are all heading in the same direction, watch for areas with lots of insects such as mosquitoes, and listen carefully. There are many other ways to gather water in the wilderness, but those are the basics.

Gathering water in the city, however, is a whole other situation. Where can you find water during an urban disaster? In this video, The Green Prepper answers that question. Here are his suggestions.

  1. Toilet – The water in the back is safe to drink.
  2. Water Heater – Be sure to turn it off before draining it.
  3. Canned Food – Stock up on fruits and veggies canned in water.
  4. Fire Hydrant – You’ll need this. Remove the nut on the side, then slowly turn the top until water pours out. Let it run for a few minutes to get the rust out.
  5. Lakes and Streams – Obviously you’ll need a way to purify this water.
  6. Water Tower – I kind of facepalmed at this suggestion, but I suppose if you’re desperate enough it’s an option.
  7. Rainwater – Set buckets under the downspouts, or set up a rainwater harvesting system.
  8. Atmospheric Water Generator – An extremely expensive option which isn’t specific to urban survival anyway. But if you’re rich, go for it.

Watch him discuss these options in the video below.

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12 Comments

  1. Ralston on May 12, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    You miss the obvious. Look for swimming pools, ditches, canals, small lakes. There are also drainage ponds near bridges, large buildings, etc. Make sure to pre prep a wagon and some buckets so you can procure water and get it home. This will be done at night to avoid people problems, so make sure the wheels don’t squeek. At home have a way to filter, sanitize and store the water.

  2. gcaverly on February 14, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Water may also be used to barter and trade with. Its better than gold or money to keep the flow of commerce going and existence. If the situation in the future hits the fan always remember the basic’s.

    The basic’s will keep you alive, note alive and going both as an individual(s) and as communities.

    There will be a time to rebuild and stay focused. Remember you will need to think NOW and the FUTURE as you progress forward. Good Luck.

  3. Sandra Bosch on February 14, 2020 at 12:02 am

    Thanks for all the tips, it is very helpfull

  4. Rick Palmer on February 13, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Water heater water. If you live in a hard water area , unless the water heater is brand new , it is probably heavily calcified. Drinking heavily calcified water can damage your kidneys. If you must drink this water use a distillation process to purify the water. Note that pure distilled water drunk over prolonged periods will strip needed minerals from your body . If at all possible keep mineral supplements in your bugout supplies. 200 mg magnesium , 100 mg potassium , vitamins with minerals , those types of supplements , can be taken if all you have is distilled water.

  5. Kevin Charles on February 13, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Save old bleach gallon jugs. The remaining 1/4 oz or so is enough to preserve the water. Free containers, easy to store.

  6. Bruce on February 13, 2020 at 11:40 am

    I used to in stall water utilities and the fire hydrant suggestion here shows a real lack of knowledge…

    1 – as Colorado freeheel suggests above – if you have hydrant pressure you have water to your house.
    and
    2 – if you open a hydrant PART WAY there is chance of real damage possibly catastrophic failure of the water system when the hydrant blows off the main. They are designed to be fully open or fully closed ONLY!!

    There is a drain hole in the bottom that gets plugged when fully open. that’s what allows the hydrant to drain out when not in use – and prevent freezing in winter (in some areas) and it is NOT a SMALL drain hole!!

    (a side note: a hydrant wrench is nice (i used one at work) but I also used a 24″ pipe wrench… the valve head is 5 sided so regular wrenches won’t work. and as a bonus, you can use that pipe wrench for a lot of other tasks! Get an aluminum one, not nearly as heavy but can still be a great club if that’s all ya got at hand)

    And the water tower suggestion…. OMG really? That suggestion will cull the herd 😀

    Unless you really have a clue (and experience) Skip the tower idea

  7. Mic on February 13, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Toilet tank water and water heater water also need to be treated before being considered “safe” to drink.

    Some people put toilet bowl cleaning products in the toilet tank, so be careful if you do not know its history. Then there is all the rubber, plastics and corroding metals in the tank to consider.
    It would be my last choice as a water source.

    Stagnant water tends to develop algae growth, so consider the length of time that this water may have been setting around.

    All water,(after a disaster or SHTF), should be treated, boiled or distilled, depending upon the source and circumstances, before use.

  8. William Neal on February 13, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Something similar to atmospheric but absolutely inexpensive are ground water stills. Dig a hole (about 2 – 3 ft across depending on region and 8″ or so deep). Put a cup in the center of the hole. Stretch and secure a piece of see thru plastic sheet over the hole and put a stone or weight in the center right above the cup causing the plastic to cone down over the cup. Through out the day the sun will heat and evaporate the water in the hole, the water vapor then collects on the plastic sheet and runs down to the area beneath the weight and drips into the cup. This works in desert conditions as well

    • Ngosa Josef on February 14, 2020 at 7:12 am

      How long does it take to fill a glass of water?

  9. Kenny on October 28, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    He’s right with out pressure u have nothing maybe a few cups but who knows it’s gonna be dirty so thier u are

  10. Colorado freeheel on June 27, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Yeah, if you have hydrant pressure you have water to your house. They are on the same main. And no you can’t tap them without water pressure. Please stop the nonsense.

    • Mic on July 22, 2020 at 10:55 am

      Exactly.
      Most of these people have no clue how things work, especially water systems.
      As for the Water tower, or hillside water tanks, if you don’t have water pressure at your house, chances are that it will be dry.
      The towers or tanks are for water storage and to create water pressure for the city water system.

      Another thing that they don’t understand is the actual water needs of a person on an ongoing basis. Refugee camps which are far from being clean and nice, figure you need 10 to 15 gallons of water per person per day, for all your personal water needs.
      So that 30 gallon water heater will give you enough for 1 person for maybe a week, if you ration it, don’t wash up, don’t clean your clothes or cook foods that require water.
      But sooner or later that will catch up to you, in poor hygiene (disease) or nutrition problems.

      The problem with lakes, ponds and such, in an urban area, is when a few hundred thousand or a million or more people are relying upon them for their water.
      Many will camp out at their edge making access nearly impossible and making the water contaminated with human waste and other such things. The sheer volume of usage will deplete many of them of water in short order.

      As far as collecting rain fall, many areas do not get enough consistent rain fall to provide for a family or small group’s water needs on an ongoing basis. Which is why most cities,towns, etc were founded by rivers, streams and such. Unless you live in a rain forest or a Jungle, relying upon rainfall for water, is just plan folly.

      So most of these Water sources are for short term, survival (barely existing).
      You need a private well or a more remote location with plentiful, clean water.

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