During the drought, that still continues in many states, farmers across America filed claims for disaster relief and to their crop insurers.
Crops were not harvested because farmers said they couldn’t get enough money at market for their crop to pay for the fuel to harvest. Crop insurance adjusters worked to visit every farm to assess damages. Those who do not buy crop insurance could lose a lot more than crops.
What about the prepper, who often is a back yard farmer? Will your water well go dry? Many did. Should you use city water, if available, for irrigation? What if the city enters stage three or four water conservation? That will mean little to no watering of any garden or yard.
While the drought has lessened for a few states, the rest of the country is still struggling with water issues. Even Alaska and Hawaii are drought stricken. Large portions of Texas has already entered stage three water restrictions. The glistening ocean provides little, if any rain. It’s frustrating to see the ocean and not have rain. City water is expensive. Those of you without a water well, in these parts, it will cost in the neighborhood of $5,000 to get a water well 120 feet deep.
If you don’t have a water well, this might be the time to get one if you can find the money. Some years ago, in Hays, Kansas, the drought lasted several years. Water was not just restricted, it was rationed. The saying was, “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down”. Toilet paper went in the trash, not the pot. No outdoor watering, no washing cars, and absolutely no swimming pools.
If you exceeded your monthly allotment, or got water on the sidewalk or street, you got a warning for the first offence, a ticket for the second, and a trip to see the judge for the third offence. During this time, if you did not already have a water well, you were not allowed to drill a new one. People who had water wells were told not to use them. It was the city’s statement that those who used from their own water wells were taking water from the aquifer from which the city water wells were also drawing water.
As a prepper, having a water well is an integral part of the survival plan. However, in the case of drought, don’t be surprised if cities and states restrict the use of your privately owned water wells. Have another plan.