MollyGreen.com | Summer on the Homestead | Summer 2016 46
We put in a Bison Hand Pump a few
years back and it taps into our well when
our electric pump is out of service. We
love it. We get our wonderful crys-tal-clean mountain well water, no electricity required (and it comes with a free
upper body workout for all those who
use it)! We are so thankful for that pump
and the peace of mind we get knowing
we have that as a backup.
We also need to be able to treat the
water we are able to collect elsewhere.
(Untreated water results in sickness at
best—and can kill you.) That could be
rainwater in buckets and/or rain barrels,
We also keep our four-thousand-gallon
swimming pool full as long as we can
each year, not only for the obvious, but
for wildfire prevention, and it could be
used for various other purposes. It’s just
one more thing in the overall back-up
plan to our back-up plans. We keep
LifeStraws® and a few Renovo’s in our
bug out bags and have knowledge of
the numerous creeks, rivers, mountain
streams, lakes and such in our area—as
our “third layer.”
Just like all of our emergency prepared-
ness plans, we constantly reevaluate and
try to learn more. We are always looking
for ways to improve and continue build-
ing more options into our overall plans.
Ideally, we’d love to add a few more tools
into our plans and continue stocking up
on bleach and other purification items.
Making plans ahead of the chaos reduces
the stress in a real emergency, no matter
how large or small. Our plans all might
look very different, depending on our
family’s needs, but the bottom line is: get
a water preparedness plan in place.
Water = Life
Lisa Barthuly lives in the
mountains of the American
Redoubt with her family.
She is a follower of Yeshua,
Tora Lover, helpmeet, and
mama. Visit her at her “homestead on the
Web” at www.HomesteadOriginals.com.