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Offline Synaptoman

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WATER - we've just run out of it, what now?
« on: February 04, 2009, 01:24:09 PM »
OK, it's official.  Our small town (100 000 inhabitants) has just officially run out of water.  We have no backup pipeline.  We are too far away from the nearest dam to make transporting it by road feasible.  Although on the coast, we have no desalination plant. It has not rained for 2 months.  Our industrial area will come to a standstill.  Building (as much as there is in the recession) will also come to a standstill.  We own a restaurant and will close tomorrow if the taps run dry and we cannot flush the toilets.

I have 28000L in my swimming pool (chlorinated).  I have a 2500L rainwater tank 1/3 full.  I have a home Aquaponic system (fish and vegetables) with about 10 000L of water.

95% of the population have no backup water whatsoever.

What do I do???

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Re: WATER - we've just run out of it, what now?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2009, 01:42:39 PM »
If relief isn't on the horizon I say take care of you and yours first. If aid is on its way or falls a little short and you feel you can spare some water I would give some away but be selective if you can and don't let anyone you don't trust with your life know where it cam from and if there is more available.

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Re: WATER - we've just run out of it, what now?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2009, 01:47:39 PM »
Even though you may be set at home, given that your restaurant will have to close, you may have to consider leaving or just staying home and waiting it out.  There is bound to be something somebody is trying to have done to provide everyone there with water.  Don't rely on it, but if you think help is coming, waiting may be the better option.  If not, get the hell out, go on vacation, something...

I really hope things improve for you guys.  Take care and keep us updated!!


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Re: WATER - we've just run out of it, what now?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2009, 03:30:02 PM »
This just goes to show you that proximity to a body of water doesn't take you very far in an emergency situation like this where infrastructure fails. Hang in there...

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Re: WATER - we've just run out of it, what now?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2009, 06:48:38 PM »
I have seen your aquaponics post and website, and think you have your personal ducks in a row. Am I right?
If you have a vehicle that can move the water, I imagine you could probably set up a solar still for personal use. I suppose you could let the really thick salt water dry out completely knock out the salts and stuff and haul it back to the sea on your next trip for more sea water? The farmers and firefighters  here have bulk tanks designed to fit into the back of pickup trucks for hauling water to their livestock.

The restaurant. That's a tough one. Here in the US, the health department probably wouldn't allow us to provide our own water source that isn't certified or some such nonsense. Is it the same there? I would expect something similar.

I would imagine, that if you can get water for the restaurant and can stay open, you would be in great shape business wise.

Can you flush the toilets with sea water? A temporary fix to run the water line in through the back wall to a truck/water tank that you fill when needed could get the toilets running. No water for washing hands though. Provide alcohol based hand sanitizer?

Sell bottled water to the patrons. Bottled drinks as well.

Could you find an old milk truck or otherwise foodgrade water transportation to haul in water in for the restaurant? Not cheap by any means, but if your one of the few places open in town, the increase in business may make it economical.

More long term, get yourself a water tank up high, on the roof or in a tower for water for the restaurant? Haul in watercooler style water?

I don't know what your city will do about the water supply. Rolling water blackouts? That would mean that the water in the tap is no longer potable due to contamination inflush. All major water distribution systems leak to some degree, and when you take the water pressure away from that system, some of the water that leaked out, will now leak in, contaminating the whole system.

Maybe this is a business opportunity? Potable water transportation? Sell clean water out of the restaurant at just enough profit that your needs for operation are covered? Talk about the place to be for lunch! Get a bite to eat and a few gallons every day for the evening meal at home.

Just some ideas for you. Maybe these will stir up the creative juices with other members of the board?
Tell us why this may or may not work for you. There may be an answer for you here yet.

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Re: WATER - we've just run out of it, what now?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2009, 08:16:56 PM »
here is a link to a cool device Alex Jones talks about.  It is basically a water cooler, but it pulls the water out of the humidity in the air and then runs in through like 7 different filters.

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Re: WATER - we've just run out of it, what now?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2009, 09:46:50 PM »
Thanks to all of you for the great ideas.  I think that the lesson to be learned here is that no single element of the "civilized" life that we live should be taken for granted.  At least I have water, most don't.  After we get through this crisis I am definitely investing in at least another two 5000L watertanks (1320 galllons).  I'd also like to learn how to de-salinate water.

I think a great exercise for all of us would be to regularly (at least once a month) switch of something for a whole day.  Switch off the water to your home, cut the electricity, the gas, pretend there is no food in the house, no gas in  the car.  Test how you and your family ACTUALLY react, rather than just talking about it.

In my current crisis, I should be fine.  +1 for the idea of the water tanker.  I have a tank and a pump and can fetch my own water from further inland.

But trust me on this one, WATER is a precious commodity that can only increase in value over time.