Water storage idea

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We all know to fill our tubs, but how about filling the washing machine for a little extra water? I figure the dogs can drink it or we can use it for dishwashing. It must hold 7-10 gallons.

-- Bill (y2khippo@yahoo.com), December 21, 1999


Ok with me, just clear it with the dogs.

-- Earl (eshuholm@tstar.net), December 21, 1999.

Prior to filling any other sources remember to rinse with bleach. This will be easy with the washing machine ... just run a rinse cycle with some bleach in it.

Also, if your hot water heater is older, you may want to hook up a hose and drain it to get rid of the sediment that may have collected in the bottom over time. Check with a professional plumber for exact instructions.

-- zeaal (zeaal@mindspring.com), December 21, 1999.

My word!!!!!!!!

I cannot believe anyone would ONLY have a bathtub and/or washer of water at rollover or ANYTIME for that matter.

What happened to 55 gallon food quality drum(s) of water? If the water goes off what good is a bathtub or washer full of water??????????????

-- Vernon Hale (create@premiernet.net), December 21, 1999.


-- brb (brb@brb.com), December 21, 1999.

Mrs. Kook and me put in a 1500 gallon agricultural tank in the basement, plus we're (this week) putting a 6000 gallon swimming pool in tha garage. We'll have rain catchment capability for both, micro filtering, tons-O-bleach, and a couple of hundred sody water bottles.

Ya cain't have too much H2O!!!!!

IF you want a last minute solution, try the cheapo above ground pool. In cold weather you can find a hungry saleperson who'll give you a deal.


-- Y2Kook (y2kook@usa.net), December 21, 1999.

Well Vernon, I don't have a bathtub, I have two showers. During the drought here in CA a few years back, taking a bath was a no-no. Also, bathtubs are hazardous to one's health. There are many injuries especially to the elderly that occur in a bath tub (slips and falls). More water is used in a bath tub than in a shower. And besides, who likes sitting in their own dirt?

-- shower babe (showerbabe@showerrrr.com), December 21, 1999.

We have two 55 gal drums, a 105 gallon water bag, a 200 gal water bag, around 150 2-liter soda bottles filled w/water, will have both bathtubs, all 5 sinks, and washing machine filled w/water, and have rigid plastic kiddie pool (big one) in backyard and two huge plastic trashcans (brand new) to catch rain water or snow (rare here). That's about all we could do in our little suburban home on its little lot.

-- preparing (preparing@home.com), December 21, 1999.

Y2Kook, How much bleach did you use in your 1500 gallon ag tank? I'm filling MY 1500 ag tank as we speak. Thanks in advance.

-- J (Y2J@home.com), December 22, 1999.

A bathtub full of water can be used to wash. You can dip buckets in to pour into the toilet to flush. We have a pool in our complex. I know we can use to wash but what about drinking? ps...if youre literally dying of thirst, you can drink your own urine. gross, but it could have saved the life of a marine that died from dehydration out here in the CA desert.

-- cin (cinlooo@aol.com), December 22, 1999.

oh yeah....can you somehow distill fresh water from sea water? I have an entire ocean down the street.

-- cin (cinlooo@aol.com), December 22, 1999.

Cup your hands together.......really tightly.....holds about 3/4 of a cup of water......leaks if you're not careful......plus taking a piss is extremely difficult.........

I tried it once.......under the Golden Gate......but that is just water under the bridge......

-- Craig (craig@ccinet.ab.ca), December 22, 1999.


PUR makes a small desalinization device. It's a lot of manual work to pump through a quart of water. They are designed for life-rafts. They are pricey, but I found one second hand at a reasonable price. ($225). It had never been used before, and with God's gentle mercy, it never will be. I believe marine stores carry new ones.

-- (resolved@this.point), December 22, 1999.


You can rig up a distillation apparatus yourself using items from your kitchen and maybe a quick trip to the local Home Despot... some copper tubing, soldering flux, a butane torch, and a stainless steel stock pot.

Basic components- bolier, condenser tube, cooling jacket, and recepticle for the finished product... clean water. Salts from the seawater will precipitate in the boiler. Have seen several schematics on the 'net... if I find them I'll post you the URL's.

I'll be spending the rollover on the Outer Banks of NC, and am considering taking a rig with me, just in case. As you say, I'll have a whole ocean just down the street.

Good luck to you and yours.


-- trouble (we're@inforit.com), December 22, 1999.

From: Y2K, ` la Carte by Dancr (pic), near Monterey, California

Solar Distiller Plan

-- Dancr (addy.available@my.webpage), December 22, 1999.

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