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Offline TxGal

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No running water...
« on: May 26, 2014, 05:00:58 PM »
Day 5 of no running water. :/

The well is out. The part has been ordered, but it won't be delivered until Thurs/29th.

Practicing/learning skills that will last after the flow of water returns.

1. You can wash a batch of dishes with about 2-liters of water.
2. You can "bathe" with about 2-liters of water.
3. Recycle water from handwashing/dishwashing to the water for flushing the toilet.
4.

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Re: No running water...
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2014, 05:43:14 PM »
Day 5 of no running water. :/

The well is out. The part has been ordered, but it won't be delivered until Thurs/29th.

Practicing/learning skills that will last after the flow of water returns.

1. You can wash a batch of dishes with about 2-liters of water.
2. You can "bathe" with about 2-liters of water.
3. Recycle water from handwashing/dishwashing to the water for flushing the toilet.
4.

4... once you flush I think you are pretty much done with the water

I had to haul water for over 6 months till the well was dug ...at least we had lake water nearby.

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Re: No running water...
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2014, 07:46:40 PM »
a simple compost toilet using five gallon bucket and sawdust seems to be the best way to go. you can buy a toilet seat for five gallon bucket. wood shavings won't do it has to be saw dust.

I use 6 gallon water containers made by aqua tainer. You can go to a lake or gas station and fill up on water. my camp has no well or any running water. someday I hope to put in a hand pump well
« Last Edit: May 26, 2014, 08:10:05 PM by surfivor »

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Re: No running water...
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2014, 09:29:45 PM »
No tips, but plenty of sympathy here. 

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Re: No running water...
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2014, 06:49:21 AM »
depending on the depth to the water---a hose or pipe ?1/2" 5/8" pipe in a few ft of water---up & down motion----water will come up pipe..

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Re: No running water...
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2014, 08:23:03 AM »
Don't forget to shut off the water heater!

You can rig an IBC or ag tank to be a cistern.  A small pressure pump and use a washing machine hose to backfeed through an outdoor faucet. 

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Re: No running water...
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2014, 08:35:58 AM »
Don't forget to shut off the water heater!

You can rig an IBC or ag tank to be a cistern.  A small pressure pump and use a washing machine hose to backfeed through an outdoor faucet.
Just make sure you shut it off before you drain it.  The element will burn out within minutes if it is in air instead of water.  Also, when water is restored, make sure all the air has been bled out for the same reason.  I burned up a hot water heater that way.  Turned it off, drained it, turned the water back on, turned the hwh back on and poof, burned out the elements.  The heater was still full of air.

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Re: No running water...
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2014, 08:37:46 AM »
Those IBC tanks are what I hauled 400 gallons of water a day (most days), when the hand dug well could not keep up with my needs on my 40 acre farm in BC., and alot of my neighbors did not have wells, so they used them as well. We filled up at the town pump about 40 miles away. If you do not have a truck, that won't work.

Crummy on the well breaking..

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Re: No running water...
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2014, 10:21:07 AM »
Don't forget to shut off the water heater!

You can rig an IBC or ag tank to be a cistern.  A small pressure pump and use a washing machine hose to backfeed through an outdoor faucet. 

Good idea's both, however SANITIZE SANITIZE SANITIZE the tank, hose, and water before you plug it in or you risk contaminating your homes plumbing.
Also don't forget to close either the city or well feed valve.
« Last Edit: May 27, 2014, 10:30:55 AM by nkawtg »

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Re: No running water...
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2014, 10:38:16 AM »
We woke up to a boil water notice as the municipal water lost power yesterday. Good thing I had been saving up water for awhile.