The first item on any preparedness list should always be fresh water. Whether you’re storing it or locating access points it is without a doubt the most critical element of any SHTF plan.
Without it you’re dead in 72 hours.
As we progress through the 21st century fresh water will become harder to find, especially fresh water that hasn’t been polluted by mass industrialization. In America, for the time being, we enjoy a fairly decent fresh water supply (we’ll avoid mentioning fluoride, lithium, radiation, pharmaceuticals and the host of other chemicals we find in America’s water supplies), especially when compared to the literally billions of people who don’t have access to anything remotely resembling filtered and treated water. Countries like India, China and the entire continent of Africa are all struggling to keep their populations hydrated.
As more people join the human population our water resources will become further strained. We use fresh water for everything. In the following video Future Money Trends notes that it often times reaches the point of ridiculousness:
Like oil, it takes water for many goods.
A cotton T-shirt: 400 gallons.
Denim jeans: 1,800 gallons.
A car: 39,000 gallons.
A barrel of beer: 1,500 gallons.
One ton of steel: 62,000 gallons.
Consider how much water it takes to grow our food, feed our animals, and ourselves.
The situation is serious.
It is our view that before the end of this century – probably even before we hit the halfway mark – super powers will go to war over water resources.
For the preparedness minded, we stress that any preparedness plan should include not just water storage planning, but water access planning that may include strategies such as rain harvesting. If you are looking to acquire a retreat property, access to water should be one of your primary considerations. Can you drill a well? Do you have access to a river that is near the mountains so that your supply is not contaminated? If not, do you have access to equipment such as an atmospheric water generator, or perhaps a manual desalinization system for those near oceans?
Future Money Trends warns that one of the largest aquifers in the world right here in the United States is going dry – and it will run out of fresh water within 60 years – and that’s if we don’t completely pollute the water table with chemicals, pesticides and radiation. Perhaps we have even less time.
We won’t run out of water tomorrow, but there may be a time in our lifetimes, and certainly in the lifetimes of the generation being born today, that water will be more valuable than anything else on the planet and very difficult to acquire. So difficult, in fact, that billions of humans may die as a result.