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You may be the most caring and sharing person in the world, but if a SHTF Apocalypse occurs, you’ll have to lose those sharing ways and focus on surviving and helping loved ones survive. That means using supplies wisely and protecting them from others. While all your supplies are important, water is at the top of the list. You may have weapons, a great early warning system and protection for your entire property, but rather than spend your time fighting and protecting the supplies, it’s far better to prevent people from knowing you have it.
Your water storage will be a huge target for desperate people that failed to plan. You can start with a large tank that you store in plain sight, but only seen if people have access to your backyard. You can use it to water the lawn or garden in normal times, which also helps rotate the water, continuously keeping it fresh.
Creating a rainwater collection system is another way to gather water and discretely store it in your backyard. Planting shrubbery in front will help disguise it and prevent others from sneaking in at night to siphon off your supply.
Hiding water in plain sight can mean installing a pool or getting a relatively inexpensive above ground pool for your backyard. Fencing in the yard is mandatory in most cities if you have a pool. Make it a fence you can’t see through, so you’ll already be hiding the water even before you install the pool.
Installing a hand pump in your back yard is a sure-fire way to have a renewable water supply when the SHTF. The price of these pumps and installation will vary, but some can be quite inexpensive. You can use the pump during normal times for watering the lawn or garden, but if the SHTF, make sure you have the pump hidden. Build a fold up picnic table around it or a small ornamental cover. Keeping your hand pump disguised will prevent others from invading your backyard for water and eventually breaking the pump.
Rain barrels are relatively obvious, but a rainwater system isn’t. You can create one to collect water with the pipes going to your backyard to an underground storage area. A submersible hand pump can help you pump out the water when needed or lower the water level during a rainy season. Transferring the water to storage containers in the house will also require a hose. The piping can be inconspicuous and nobody will ever be the wiser.