importance of water storage
After reading about all the possible alternatives for water in an emergency, you might feel tempted to just skip water storage. DON'T (I am shouting)! It's important to notice that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints doesn't say to store filters or solar stills, instead they direct us to store water. This is the text from the new pamphlet, All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage:
"Store drinking water for circumstances in which the water supply may be polluted or disrupted. If water comes directly from a good, pretreated source then no additional purification is needed; otherwise, pretreat water before use. Store water in sturdy, leak-proof, breakage-resistant containers. Consider using plastic bottles commonly used for juices and soda. Keep water containers away from heat sources and direct sunlight."
Depending upon your circumstances, you may or may not be able to collect water using these emergency methods. Having water already stored is a sure bet. If you want to plan on utilizing these alternate methods, great! But I would recommend that you get your basic water storage first.