Water, Finally!

I’ve been without water for the past five days.  Today, it flows!

This situation wasn’t too hard, but it was certainly inconvenient.  Every winter this happens, without fail.  I had water on hand, but hauling water inside was still a ‘pain’.

You need 1 gallon per person per day for a survival stash.  We were using 10 gallons per day, and could have done with much less if we didn’t flush the toilets (yech!).  My next project is to build an outhouse, county laws be damned.  This would have cut our real water use in half.
It’s good practice to do without. Then you find out exactly what you need and what works – and what doesn’t.

This is why the blog has been a little slow.  I’ve had a lot going on here, several tons of food showed up, been working on a new feature for the website that will be really cool, and trying to stay warm, dry and halfway clean.  Next: a shower.


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5 thoughts on “Water, Finally!

  • December 13, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    Have you ever read “The Humanure Handbook”? It makes a compelling argument in favour for a low tech, enviro friendly waterless human waste recycling system. Basically, you crap in a bucket and cover it with sawdust, dry leaf mulch, whatever and compost it outdoors once the bucket is filled. It looks interesting but I can’t even get my wife to read the damn book, let alone give up her septic tank!

  • December 13, 2007 at 8:34 pm
    Itâ’s good practice to do without. Then you find out exactly what you need and what works – and what doesnâ’t. – Admin

    How true. And, it takes time to learn. Thatâ’s the biggest lesson Iâ’ve learned moving to another country where the things I took for granted in the US donâ’t exist here as an American would know it. The infrastructure is old, unreliable, inconsistent, and canâ’t handle the capacity of a growing use of appliances and more people moving to the area. For example, almost every time there is a storm the electrical power goes down. Sometimes itâ’s down for 10 minutes; other times its down for days. You donâ’t realize how much dependence you have on electricity until itâ’s not there. Trite, but there are so many things like this that Americanâ’s take for granted that the rest of the world does not. The same goes for heat and hot water. Then, of course, there are food blackouts at the grocery stores. The list can go on, but the point is to reiterate that we should all start testing our ability to do without something to identify our vulnerabilities and develop ways to solve them.

  • December 14, 2007 at 5:37 am
    Admin, most of us have only been receiving tiny glimpses into “what you are doing” recently. Those who do not speak to you on a regular basis (eg. Lonewolf, etc) are still interested, however. Perhaps I speak only for myself in this regard. Still, you might consider adding a small section or the occasional post regarding your personal experiences of late, this time of transition, what you found that works and what has not.
    Just a thought…..


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