CO town without water 12 days and counting


#1

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#2

AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE IS FINE, THERE IS NO REASON TO RAISE ANY TAXES!


#3

On a lighter note, Lake Travis is all filled up.


#4

So The Water Knife is gonna come true the same year it’s published? That’s some near near-future SF, alright.


#5

They should drink camel pee.


#6

Always sound advice no matter the issue.


#7

California: 2017 (Starring Dwayne Johnson)


#8

A number of years ago the place I was at the well failed. No running water for ten days. It wasn’t fun, but now I have a better idea of what to do if it ever happens again.

New they are $800, but used you can find them for $100-$200, and they hold 900 gallons. They are also hdpe and food safe. That, plus a convenience pump makes life much easier when running water isn’t around.


#9

I need to check the the capacity of the giant ex-olive barrel we use for rainwater collection but I remember it was cheap cheap cheap though not as easy to move around as that one looks.


#10

I lost power (no power for the well = no water) for 10 days due to a December ice storm, and my road was impassable so I had nothing but time and canned foods. Boiling snow on the wood stove wasn’t bad, and I used my stovetop percolator for coffee. The worst parts: digging a latrine in the weeks in somewhat-frozen ground, and trying to shower with a makeshift watering can in the cold and dark.


#11

Oof.

Ironically I am sitting here at my house with no power since the utility company is doing work.


#12

It looks that way, it tastes that way, but they call it “beer”.


#13

No Mad Max references? Seriously? You are slow today, Boingboing.


#14

How about Tank Girl?


#15

We did have our gas crisis some years back. Some brothels were letting their neighbours shower for free, because they have electric hot water.


#16

Be the commentor of the comment you want to read. Change begins with you.


#17

Here in nice dry So. Cal, I decided to go with a few of these:

and one of these:

Not as much storage as the above, but much more portable, and being in the thick of suburbia, I suspect that it’s not quite as likely that we’re going to go without for extended periods. And to be honest, if the S really HTF, then we’ve got enough local water sources (which I wouldn’t drink out of without a filter), that refilling small containers is going to be a lot more expedient than a single large one.

Also, easier to take desert camping etc…


#18

Been there, done that. In the vast majority of cases the change also ends with you.


#19

Had to do the same when I was a kid (mid 1970’s) – our pump motor burned out and it was not a common model, so had to wait over a week to get one shipped to the sticks…
We had lots of snow, so would back the bathtub full with a fan blowing on it to speed up the melting to use for flushing the toilet (we also used a bucket). Friends and neighbors would bring over large containers of water for drinking and cooking. I’m sure that it was much harder for my teenage sister than it was for me…


#20

I know, they should build one of these.