Our area has had 2-3 water and electrical outages each year in the last few
years. It usually comes when its freezing out and you hate to even open the
door to go outside.
So my question is -- does any company make a tank suitable for storage of
backup water -- mainly to flush the toilet -- should we be without water for
several days. Or perhaps I just use the water still in the hot water tank? I
was thinking of some sort of plastic tank kept in the basement. Am I in the
wrong newsgroup with this question?
Yes, there are plenty of plastic tanks available and what you suggest is
However the simplest setup would be to purchase a couple 50 gal plastice
barrels.. These are now fairly common in commercial the food industry and
are rated as 'food grade'.. I have purchased them from a retired fellow
purchase them from a company that repackages fruit drink concentrate, so
they smell like grape or .. juice but are ok for drinking water..
I think I have been paying around 25 to 30 buck for these..
I don't think you would want make this emergency water system anymore
complicated than necessary.. No need for a pump, etc. You could set the
barrels up on a support so that you could let the water run out of a tap
into a bucket. Then you could carry that to flush the toilet a couple times
a day.. Carry water to the kitchen for drink and cooking.. Worked fine when
I was a kid and we didn't have running water..
You should place the barrel in a location where you can drain and refill
them a couple times a year so the water doesn't get stale, if you going to
drink it. Therefore, a basement or garage would be a good location.
I assume you are on city water, in which case you "might" be able to use a
pressure tank like the one we use on our well. They come in different
sizes, and ours holds about 250 gallons of water. The pump only has to run
long enough to fill the tank, then the water is all supplied from the tank
until it gets low enough to run the pump again. This usually allows us to
have water for flushing toilets and whatnot while the power is out.
The only problem with this approach is that the power can go out when the
tank is about empty in which case you might only have 20-50 gallons or so.
Still should be enough to flush a few toilets though.
Although, with a steady incoming flow of city water, this may not be a
problem. I would guess that it would always keep the tank filled up to it's
maximum. Assuming you had a check valve in the incoming line to prevent
backflow, I would think it would give you the full tank, under pressure?
Anyway, something to look into.
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