There are many, many places in W. Oregon and Wash. where the soil is only ten to twenty feet deep, and below that is river rock due to movement of the rivers and creeks over the eons. That rock is full of water. This is true of all of the flat bottom land in the Rogue Valley and much of the Willamette Valley, and many coastal areas. This is why so many early settlers could have hand dug wells. About 25 years ago we bought a house near Medford and planted a very large raised bed garden. I got tired of paying a large city water bill, and rented a two man hand held drill and hit river rock and all the water I could use at 12 feet. I lined the hole with 6" sch. 40 plastic perforated ("perf") pipe, installed a simple electric shallow well pump and irrigated the whole very large city lot with it. The water under our land was, for our purposes, limitless. In a power outage, that water could be dipped for emergency supplies. It would have to be filtered and chlorinated, but it's water. OFADAN covers filtering very well here: Link And here's a vid of just one type of drill you can rent. There are many other types and brands: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE5dG6wChes Someone in your area - some gov. geologist will know if there's water under your land. Drilling the well is illegal of course (isn't everything now?) so you're on your own.