of the month already. WOW!
January is a good month to get back on track .. and review the previous year's spending habits.
Day one without water .. was OK. We had stores of gallon and five gallon jugs of water that got used sparingly.
Day two ... still OK .. but now I thought I'd try my Big Berkey water filter with melted and filtered snow that had been treated with the recommended drops of bleach. We just got it for Christmas for such emergencies as this ... followed all the directions .. except we hadn't tried the test adding red food coloring to see if the filters are really working. We had initially primed the unit when we got it (by soaking the filters in water for a specified time) and began using tap water .. Hum .. well .. before I want to drink minimally treated melted snow water, I thought we'd better do the food coloring test. And it failed! So .. we were without drinking water. (BTW .. we have new filters in route). We had about 5 gallons of drinking water left by day two .. after using much of it to flush toilets once in a while. By afternoon .. I was melting snow in my canning pots on the wood stove AND kitchen stove. This water was used for bathing, washing hair, boiled to wash dishes, flushing toilets .. everything but drinking.
Day three .. water was not restored until midnight or later. What a glorious sound .. the rushing of gurgling water recharging the pipes. Melting snow throughout the day for dishes, etc. by now was getting old .. but it worked out fine. Our main emergency 'hole' was not having the Berkey water filter up and running ... AND not having some paper plates .. dishes piled up quickly .. I'm not a big paper user .. but for emergencies, I think it's a good thing to have.
By the end of this trial, I had a greater respect for the Neanderthals and how they survived in cave dwellings .. hunting .. gathering .. all without the aid of crippling modern conveniences. We are such a weak people in all reality .. even with our modern ways.
We are ordering a VERY LARGE water storage tank for the garage.