I thought I would start documenting our backup water supply. We have our own well and of course, it is powered by the grid. I intend to install a transfer switch on the meter box so we can power the place with the generator, and a hand pump on the well possibly so we can get water in an extended power outage. For the in between time, say an outage of a few days to a month, we got a 3000 gallon storage tank recently. A few days ago, I leveled a spot for it and put it in place, just next to the well. Over the last couple of days, I got the fittings to allow me to put water in and take water out and installed them. Today I started filling the tank. Here is our VERY dry side yard. The tank is next to the well (in the red circle) so it will be easier to fill. I just noticed all the smoke in the background. Hot spots from the fire a week ago. Hmmm... Anyway, I want to install a freeze proof hydrant right next to the well. If I decide to go with a hand pump too, there will need to be a well house to cover the pressure tank. The pressure tank is currently in the well, but I will have it removed if we get a hand pump. Then there will be a large pressure tank in the well house. I put about 500 gallons of water in the tank today, just to double check for leaks. Filling will be done slowly, over the next week or so. Then to study the water transfer issue in the short term.