First a little background on me: Where I live now is very rural IL. I plan on making a stand here. We have a local mutual support group. I have no where else to go and we have enough land: 1/2 acre veg garden, a mini orchard, grape arbor, livestock, barns, pasture, hay field, etc. I have well and septic and my only services running on to my property are electric and telephone, and many days I wish I did not have the phone. So going "off grid" for me is not that much of a stretch. I already have a significant generator, I can run my house off of it less A/C or the electric heater I primarily heat with wood anyway so that is not a big issue for winter. So for short term (days) I can run the genny and have full services. However, for prepping, it is obvious that the generator will have to be used very little for conservation of (diesel) fuel. As many of us are planning not to have power for years at the worst. So, I have been thinking of building a water tower. I can use either my generator/well pump or my hand pump to fill it. Yes the hand pump can be used that way it will generate enough pressure. Albeit, it will wear your ass out. I got the idea from a Church camp I went to as a kid, they were very off grid, they had a water tower filled from the hand pump that was one of the week end chores before you left to fill the tank for the next group. Water Tower height P=0.43*h P= Pressure in PSI, h = height in feet. I am a welder and part time machinist with a decent shop (will be posting picture later as part of the reloading bench pictures) so fabrication of the tower is only time and material. I was planning on using a ag tank (new) for the tank, and building a 3 legged tower (with cross bracing) with a flat platform to hold the tank. One leg will have ladder pegs on it and the fill and discharge piping will be run on that leg for any needed maintenance. My thoughts are that a 50 foot tower will get my ~20 psi not great but at least you can get the toilets to flush and have some running water in the house for dishes and the like. I will not plan on running the hot water heater if the shtf. What are your thoughts, what have I missed?