It was 4 am and the flow of water from the tap conspicuously lacked vigor as I begin the tooth brushing process. We just had Hurricane Irma visit as a tropical storm. Many, including schools, are without power. My mind leaps to the conclusion that the water treatment plant is also out of power and I am in a real fix. No way I am filling my 50-gallon barrel on such a tentative flow. I curse the utility for not warning us that they could not process water. I also think, “Of course.” So I start thinking about hauling. All my collapsible 5-gallon bladders are stored at a secondary location. I come up with two urns totaling 7.5 gallons of capacity and a 5 gallon capacity plastic jerry can. There is a stack of bottled water cases.
I do the math, and all my toilets are older, 2.5 gallons flushers. There’s not enough capacity in my hauling capability. I resolved to replace those two 2.5 gallon water closets with low use models. One point three gallons is the current standard in Georgia. I further resolve to have a five gallon jerry for each water closet and a 5 gallon collapsible cube with spigot for each sink to facilitate hand washing. Maybe I don’t fill the cubes all the way. A 12vdc water pump that I can run from my truck parked next to a creek or lake is another gadget that might be worth having for filling that barrel this weekend and looking for a hand pump to go with it.
Turns out, there was a main break just outside my subdivision so my apocalyptic assumptions were all wrong. We had water that afternoon. What was apocalyptic about it all was the nasty sticky red clay and silica sediment left all down the street, my yard, and drive way as well as my neighbor’s. Pressure washer to the rescue. My weekend, however, is shot!