Before we go to ground water, let's gather water. Catching water requires less effort than fetching water. Gathering water from the our own roof run off keeps us near the homestead. Preparing for those hard times to come can give us a chance to setup rain gathering while we can go and get supplies that we know are clean and dedicated to water catching.
For siphoning water from puddles, pools or ponds I like the simplicity of this hand held siphon. It is priced under $25. It is just the basic pump and drain. Cheaper ways to siphon water involve a single hose and a good set of lungs. But this handheld device allows for you to get the job done while remaining erect so to scan the horizon, have conversation or look for cover. Once water is gathered, it must be transported. A wagon is better than a sled, but a branch and two buckets works, too!
Once the water is gathered, or caught or fetched and brought home, it must be filtered. Click over to the label "WATER" for filtering for one or filtering for a family in blog posts: