That is a possibility, I guess, but I would have to rig a stand in the
basement, and a way to fill it. (Maybe a tee on cold side of washer fill
hose?) No room in my garage, and while my garage seldom freezes hard
(since so much heat leaks from house and hot engine blocks), it does
sometimes freeze hard enough that the water bottles in the cars get
frozen. No way could I get that down my basement stairs if it was full.
I was looking for portable cans, since I know I can carry five gallons
at a time, and could use one container at a time carried upstairs to
bathroom, and pour directly into toilet or stoppered sink as needed. But
I may have to be more flexible in my plans.
Alternate idea - at my last house the PO's had above ground cisterns on
each of the two downspouts. could you divert rain water into something?
NB: you need good, sealed screens on them or they will turn into a
breeding ground for mosquitoes, and also tree leaves etc. will get in
and steep and turn the water nasty. I don't know that I would drink
rainwater either, although obviously if it is the only thing available...
The primary purpose of those cisterns was to provide water for gardens
in dry periods and also provide water for washing cars etc. but I don't
see why you couldn't use them to fill a bucket to flush a toilet...
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
If you are worried about having enough water in an emergency, install
a couple of old electric hot water heaters in the basement - hung from
the ceiling or on a strong rack would be best - and have all your
water go through them so the water is always "fresh". In case of a
power failure you could drain water from them. No vent required if you
just crack a tap open above it to let air in.
On 9/11/2011 5:18 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Okay, McGyver. Somehow that doesn't sound real practical, or cheap. It
gets TOO nasty, I can just go to a hotel. Only problem with the Memorial
day storm was, the damage and outage was so widespread, there wasn't a
hotel room within 50 miles. I managed, but it wasn't pleasant. 20 or 30
gallons of stored water would have made it a lot easier. I was looking
for a cheap and painless way to do that. Like 4 or 5 5gallon plastic
jerry cans for less than 20 bucks each.
Like I said before, proper cure is to get somebody who knows local code
to come in and put half-a-dozen critical circuits on a transfer switch
for me, and buy a generator. If I can have furnace (and maybe AC),
water, and 2 or 3 outlets for fridge, computer, tv, reading lamp, etc, I
would be fine. But given how seldom I have extended outages (every
couple of years), the other stuff the place needs (like new siding) has
to be higher on the list.
Go to the camping supply department at Walmart or whatever your
favourite local reseller is, and buy a couple of camping water totes.
Ours was blue - 5 US gallons, and had a tap on it and a little vent
plug that you needed to pull. Only problem is keeping the water FRESH.
You want simple, effective,AND cheap??? Pick 2 - you can't have all 3.
If I lived where power outages were anything close to common AND
depended on a well for water I WOULD have a buffer tank installed
in-line that would hold a goodly supply of "always fresh" water. A
"gravity tank" in the attic would make the some sense, as it would
allow water usage in a normal manner, through the regular taps.
When I was in Zambis ALL houses were fed from a "gravity tank" in the
attic - and the "geyser" didn't have (or need) a pressure relief
safety valve because the "gravity tank" was not under pressure.
Picture a big livestock watering trough with a float valve and a
snug-fitting but not air-tight lid. If (actually when) water service
was disrubted because the pump broke down at the main water works, you
didn't even know about it unless it was off for quite some time - and
they did not have a "water tower" to provide system pressure like most
cities here do.
Not advocating doing that here.
On 9/11/2011 4:41 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
they also have square 7 gallon blue water jugs there.
you can get 5 gallon water jugs like the water delivery trucks at
walmart or the stores that sell water for .25/gallon if they have them
in your area.
On 9/9/2011 10:14 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I never saw a yellow kerosene container. Out of curiosity blitz shows a
yellow container but they note that it is a diesel fuel container. I
have never seen the yellow one stocked anywhere or in use. They make a
blue can which is noted as a kerosene container. Blue is the only color
I have seen used for that purpose.
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