Saturday, September 24, 2011

Home Improvement: Rainwater Harvesting

I've been quite busy these past few days doing some important housework.

We upgraded our water tank and retooled our old one for rainwater harvesting. The shiny new tank is connected directly to the water company's pipes and can hold up to 23 gallons. In case of service interruption, it is good enough for 48 hours of household needs. For drinking & cooking, we've got various filtration systems.

My Situation
In a tropical country such as ours, we are visited by about 18-22 typhoons per year. It also rains most of the darn time. With my new system, we'll never be thirsty!

About 3 of these storms would hit our city directly, and maybe just one or two of these would knock out electricity & water for 1-2 days.

Its only a minor nuisance. The time spent in the dark with family is a good opportunity to actually try your survival gear. Mosquito nets, monopoly, candles & lamps, food, extra water, and medicine will all be nice to have for that short period while the power company fixes things. 

Now once in a while something as big as Katrina or a screwed up nuclear plant would happen. A royal mess such as this would certainly put a strain on your life span. The living dead rising up to eat us all? I'm talking about that too.

This is where preparedness comes in. 

This is my old tank. It can hold 40 gallons of skyjuice.

The Strategy of Water Storage
Water is life. If you have a lot of it, you could stay barricaded at home for extended periods. WTSHTF, one of the worst things you could do is to bug out at a time of great panic. What most survivalists don't get is that bugging out can be extremely dangerous! If you've built a strong home defense, then perhaps it would be better to hunker down during the early phases of the crisis. 

Rainwater harvesting will definitely reduce the amount of time spent outdoors. Let me repeat: doing anything  outside the safety of your home is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. Especially if thousands of walking dead are out there. With a good rainwater harvesting system, you have one less reason to go foraging.

If you need to drink your stuff, make sure you have a sure-fire means of purification. More on that later.

My home has a stone perimeter wall that is 6 feet high. I've got lots of food, ammo, medicine, and a box of monopoly, crayons & musical stuff for my daughter to play with while the world outside goes nuts. So there's got no immediate need to bug out because of the preparations we've made. If we must escape, my emergency map will do the trick.

Stay vigilant!


  1. Water tanks like these can really come handy for the storage of water, either for domestic use, agriculture purpose. There are several types of water tanks. Underground water tanks are good for collecting rain water.
    Water tanks

  2. hello Clarkson!

    I wish I went with an underground cistern when we built the house, mostly because it saves a lot of space in my garden.

    As for agriculture, I'm admittedly a shoddy gardener. Something I'm trying to work on. My sister has a magic green thumb. Perhaps I could feature her work on herbs, tomatoes, okra, eggplant, and more.

    Thanks for the link and for stopping by! I've got a rainwater filter, but that one at SUPERWALL looks nifty.



  3. good post! Here in Uncles Sugars land of mystery several states out West (where water is at a premium) have gone after folks collecting rain water for agricultural use as well as folks just like you..I know, sounds insane!

    18 - 22 typhoons a year!!....WOW!!

  4. 1. greetings Huey! I will read up more on this "going after folks collecting rain for agriculture".

    2. most of them tropical storms are glancing blows or near-misses.

    the bummer is that all of them drag in a lot of rain. hopefully this is what my taxes are working on. (ha freakin ha)

    3. home improvement has also been keeping us real busy. lots of fun!

  5. One time during Typhoon Ondoy, the flood went to the ceiling.. of our 2nd floor. And when the flood subsided, a lot of corpses are scattered everywhere (thank God, they didn't rise up and started to haunt human brains). Also a lot of abandoned houses were observed and severely wrecked cars are scattered on the road filled with mud and there's no electricity at night for 1 whole month!

  6. hello Mr. Hunk Rider.

    1. yeah that typhoon was incredibly bad. sorry about your home being flooded man.

    I had to come over and help my nephew's family who was stuck on top of their roof for a day. the Marines rescued them. they're pretty badass!

    2. corpses... well, we gotta focus our help on the living. thank goodness lotsa folks came together to lend a hand!

    3. stay safe!