Water – Get it or Die!

If the title sounds drastic, it’s meant to be. We must get water, or we die.

Don’t underestimate the importance of water’s place in your preparedness endeavors. That’s the message Daisy Luther conveys in The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide. If you’re breathing, you’d better know how and where to get water.

This week Daisy is my guest on DestinySurvival Radio. I would have featured her before now, but she moved this summer and was without Internet for a while. I’m delighted that we were finally able to get together for our conversation.


Meeting Miss Daisy

If you’ve looked for prepping information online for any length of time, Daisy will be no stranger to you. You’ve probably come across something she’s written. She’s knowledgeable on a variety of preparedness topics. Maybe you’ve been on her Web site and even subscribe to her newsletter.

However, if you’re not familiar with who she is, here’s the bio blurb from the book. I’ve added links for your convenience so you can check out her Web sites and books.


Daisy Luther is an author and blogger who lives in a small village in the foothills of Northern California. She is the author of The Organic Canner and The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half Price Budget. Her website is The Organic Prepper, and she is the cofounder of the website Nutritional Anarchy. Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health, nutrition, and preparedness. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. She is the proud mom of two wonderful and talented daughters.


The Prepper's Water Survival Guide


Glancing at the Book

I wrote a review of this book earlier this summer because I wasn’t sure when I would have the chance to speak with Daisy for DestinySurvival Radio. See it by going here. I won’t repeat what I’ve written there, but here’s what you’ll find in the book’s chapters.


  • Even Non-Preppers Need Water
  • Dehydration Can Be Deadly
  • Toxins in Municipal Water Supplies
  • Water-Related Illnesses
  • A Glimpse at Everyday Life without Running Water
  • Creating a Water Plan
  • Storing Water
  • Acquiring Water
  • Purifying Water
  • Finding Emergency Sources of Water
  • Sanitation
  • Water Conservation


Water isn’t as exciting as stocking up on storage food and ammo. But Daisy has written several articles about it, and her publisher encouraged her to write The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide. I for one am glad she wrote it because it brings a lot of vital information together in one convenient place.


Tapping Into Our Conveersation

I’ll touch on a few highlights of what we talked about, but I encourage you to hear our visit, linked below.

Motivations–It was a mother’s instincts, combined with hardship and poverty, that propelled Daisy into preparedness. Her husband (no longer living) lost his job. They lived off of peanut butter and bagles for weeks. With a newborn child to care for, Daisy wasn’t going to be caught unprepared again.

Homesteading–Daisy and her little family lived in a cabin in the woods in Ontario, Canada, for a time. That’s where they learned so many things they didn’t know. She picked up a great attitude about flexibility and adaptability worth emulating. Mistakes and the things that go wrong will teach you the most.

Most Wanted–Bottled water is one of the first things to disappear from store shelves when there’s a disaster. If you don’t already have some stored up, you’ll be in trouble.

Getting Started–Start simply and inexpensively. Use containers you may already have, such as soda pop bottles. Avoid bottles that have contained milk or juice. Perhaps you can follow Daisy’s example of storing water in canning jars.

Have Enough–Keep a two week supply of water on hand. Each family member needs a gallon a day for drinking. The more you can set aside, the better. But also know where secondary water sources are, which you can rely on when stored water runs out.

Go Without–If you take Daisy’s recommendation to go without running water for a weekend, you’ll learn some surprising things about your water usage. Take notes. Be prepared for a time when you’re truly unable to have access to water.

Gray water–Got water that’s not suitable for drinking? Can’t put it on your garden? Use it to flush the toilet. Switch to nontoxic, biodegradable dish and laundry soaps to make your gray water safer.

Conservation–If you’re in a severe drought area, like Daisy is in California, you must conserve water. For example, when you first turn on the shower to let water heat up, collect and set aside the cool water.

Dehydration–It can come on more quickly than we think, and it can have devastating consequences.

“Avoid This–When someone has a water-related illness, do not give the sick person antidiarrhea medicine. That may sound contrary to common sense, but let the person eliminate the bad bacteria from her system while keeping her hydrated with clean water and oral rehydration drinks.


Wrapping it Up

Of course, Daisy and I talked about plenty more, but to hear all we said, listen to DestinySurvival Radio for August 20, 2015. (Right click to download.) Order The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post.

Daisy was a great guest. I hope you’ll enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

Now, it’s your turn. If you have any thoughts on what you’ve read above or heard in this week’s show, leave a comment below and share your wisdom about water for survival with others.

Explore the Water Filtration and Purification page in the Prep Mart for useful water-related products.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.