While survivalists across the country are concerned with how to survive a water shortage, this is a topic that is of particular interest to those living in Arizona and other desert states where the water supply is limited to begin with.

With global warming becoming an ever more present threat, it doesn’t just mean scorching earth and extremes in weather. It can also mean another worrying thing for everyone: the possibility of running short of water.

And listen – I don’t know what your stance on global warming is, and frankly I don’t really care. even if you don’t believe in global warming, there are still a ton of other unforeseen circumstances that can lead to you and your family not being able to get easy access to water which is one of our greatest needs for survival.

A water shortage is a seriously scary prospect because it’s just simply impossible to survive for more than a few days without water. So,  in the event that this dreadful scenario does become imminent, it’s best to know what to do to survive water shortage and the other disasters associated with it.

Firstly, as they say, prevention is better than cure. So read up on ways to filter water and buy the necessary contraptions so that if you only have access to undrinkable water, you can still make that water drinkable!

Of course its nice to think that before an actual water shortage there would be public advisories telling you to stock up on your water resources. But don’t count on that happening! Instead stock up now and — make sure you have emergency supplies on hand in case you really need water.

In the meantime you may also want to start using the water that you do have more conservatively. Call me crazy, but it can be fun to learn to be creative and use your water resourcefully. The water you used for washing clothes or cleaning the dishes may still be used in outdoor cleaning. You don’t need to use a shower or to fill a tub just to take a bath. There are other options, such as using a dipper, or turning off the shower when you’re not using it.

The main question you have to ask is: do I really need to use all this water?

Changes in your lifestyle are just natural, but take care of health too. Never let yourself get dehydrated. Stick to water instead of sugary drinks, which will leave you feeling thirsty.

Don’t go out into the sun or engage in activities that will get you to lose water too.

The basic things to remember here is to use water effectively and to make sure you have enough for your own health needs.