Water and Hydration“When the well is dry, we learnthe worth of water.” –Benjamin FranklinFora SHTF event, you’ll want a large abundant source of clean, fresh drinking water at your disposal.Maybe you live near a river, pond, lake, stream or have your own well. These areall great options if they don’t become contaminated or dry up.But what’s your back up plan should your main water source become compromised? Or what if you don’t have a reliable source of drinking water should the taps run dry?Drinking contaminated water will make you sick and can even kill you in some circumstances. But worst yet,having no water will kill you even faster.We all know the body needs continuous hydration to function properly. It only takes a few days without water to die.So, you must stock up on water-no exceptions.You get to decide how much to stock and here are the tools to help you do it right.1–Survival Water BricksSurvival water bricksare the most convenient and simplest way to store a lot of water without taking up much space.Water bricks are strong, stackable and make hauling water easier with a build in handle. They also take up very little space.Each brick holds up to 3.5 gallons. So, ten brickswould give you and your family 35 gallons of water.This amount would last a family of 4 about a week.So, invest in a few water bricks today, and you can always add more later as your plans and needs grow.If you don’t have any water stored yet, then this is your number 1 priority. Dothis today.This action alone could buy you weeks of survival in a worst-case scenario.2–Rainwater Collection SystemWe store water to ensure we have what we need in a prolonged emergency to keep ourselves and our families hydrated.But in a worst-case scenario, we also need to replenish our fresh water stockpile or eventually, you’ll run out.If you have a river, lake, stream, or even a backyard pool, then you may be all set and can forgo a rainwater collection system. But for everyone else, you should collect as much of the free H2O falling from the sky as you can.At a minimum, you’ll need a large sturdy rain barrelwith a spigot at the bottom. You can install the barrel under a gutter’s downspout to collect rainwater coming off your roof.However, this is just the quick and easy solution. These systems can become much larger, more complex to handle longer-term scenarios.Here’s an articleyou should read to get information on this important topic and these complex rainwater collection systems.Note: if the emergency is nuclear, rain water may be contaminated with fallout.3–Water Filtration SystemYou should stockpile fresh, clean drinkable water in water bricks or whatever water storage system you choose. But you must always filter and purify all new sources of wateryou collect. Especially after a worst-case disaster.You should never consume untreated water unless your 100 percent certain it’s free of harmful contaminants. After a major disaster, you may not beable to trust those rivers, lakes, streams, or ponds the way we do today.The Big Berkeyis an easy gravity feed water filtration solution for families.The Big Berkey is not small, so it’s not very portable. But we're talking about stocking up and staying put, not bugging out, so this is the survival water filter you want.4–BleachMany people already know this, but for those who don’t, it’s true that a small amount of bleach added to water will purify and kill most harmful bacteria or viruses.Bleach is easy to stockpile; you can buy it in bulk and at a reasonable price. Just a few gallons of this stuff will last a long time.It can also be used as a cleaning agent as well. So, it’s one of those excellent multi-use-multi-purpose items we all cherish and embrace. Get some.