I needed a place where I could have some hope of preventing future encroachment, and a state park or national forest seemed the best solution to that problem. So I found this parcel of acreage, which had once been the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the 1930's. It had passed into private hands through the machinations that accompanied the CCC and the depression. There was a trail leading to it that could be improved to take trucks and jeeps, It was isolated, had good views because of it's altitude, and there were no people nearby.
It also had multiple water sources. There was a natural spring that bubbled up near the building site. This water , coming up from the water table under the national forest, is so pure that it is bottled as is and sold all over America as Appalachian Springs water, with the bottling plant just a few mountains away.
There was also a wide, deep stream coming down out of the forest, about 20 feet wide and between 2 and 10 feet deep, depending on the time of year and the part of it you are looking at. My kids used to swim in it at the pools, and the dogs still do in summer. This water, is also sweet . I send in a sample ever so often to make sure it is still pure, and have never had a negative report yet.
Finally, I put in a 179 foot deep well, and even in the bad drought of the late 1980's always had plenty of water.
These are all sources right at the building site. Within walking distance is a big waterfall with pools at the bottom. If I ever had to, I could fill the truck with water jugs and go down there to fill them.
More out of habit than anything else, I am keeping around 300 gallons of water stored in containers , spread out through different buildings. I use it to water the animals ,and that keeps it constantly rotating.
People use a lot of water. You have to cook, wash dishes and clothing, take showers, flush toilets, water the animals, and we drink a lot of water. As long as we are up here, and nothing dramatic happens like the National Forest being sold off for development, water should not be a problem.