Two Weeks Without Water

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Two Weeks Without Water

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For the last 2 weeks the new topics have been alittle thin because the IPN family has been fighting. Fear not. Comunnities and familys fighting occasionaly is a healthy thing. Its when people stop fighting that the real problems start.

Coincidentaly, Ive been without water for about the same amount of time.2 weeks since the cold snap. 2 weeks since my pipes froze. I remember the smug smile of satisfaction I flashed Mrs C5 wile walking into the room with a water jug from the water storage, and the usual conversation...." Now babe, this is the time when you are supposed to look at me with worshipfull admiration and feel a wet twinge between your thighs wile saying out loud,'My boyfriend is Sooo Smart. He is ALWAYS right. I will do everything he tells me to do wile basking in his glorious brilliance". She rolled her eyes and replied, "Thats what I pay you for, smart ass. If you are so brilliant, why didnt you leave the water running a crack". Well, it snuck up on me.

It would be a silly waist of time to tell you all why water storage is important. Most of you have some already and those that dont are here to learn that they should. Ill just tell you what I have and how it turned out. My water storage isnt that impressive. Eight 20 liter camping containers and an eaqual number of easier to handle milk jugs. I dont pay too much attention to water storage because I have 2 wells, one deep one that supplies the house on an electric pump and a surface well that I could lower a bucket into...If it wasnt frozen. Solar power provides electricity for the pump. A Generator as back up and a hand pump in storage with the pipes as a triple redundancy. I like the 20L camping containers and I pick them up whenever I find them at a garage sale or second hand sale for a buck or two. At least one was rescued from the trash. They can be moved by one person and if not or for any distance, they slip onto a cart or bike trailer. Easy to haul in or out of the car. Speeking of wich, this was never a danger, I could have driven into town to fill up the jugs or for a shower at the rec center...because I also...have GAS STORAGE...but that is some other post.

Either way, I reek. I can go for a week without a shower because of years living without running water. Your body will eventualy cut back on the stinky oils it produces when you stop showering every day, encouraging the need to produce more oils. 2 weeks is a bit much though. The ecological nich that is growing in my crotch is evolving fast enough that last night, I think I heard a radio wave seeking alien life coming from my long johns. This brings up an important, neglected, must have item to your stores. Antifungal cream...and lots. I hear vinegar works but have never tried it. Vinigar on an open rash would painfull though. Same goes for the ladies. Vinegar douches is not just what I call some members of this site. Same important item to have is urinary tract infection cures. That something that could kill the ladies and make my life very lonely and short.

So, strict rationing ment no baths or laundry or flushing and not much dish washing. I think the Dogs, Cats and Chickens used far more water than us. Either way we went through more than half of our water and I was starting to get a tiny bit concerned. Not much but this has motivated me to double my storage.

Now, If you will excuse me, Im about to get naked. The shower awaits. I think I will treat myself to a satisfying poop over running water that I can flush away instead of the compost bucket covered in sawdust :shock: OK, this is the point when you are supposed to give me some privacy and stop staring. My pants are coming off!


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hands down my favorite post since I've joined!

Congrats on the shower and poop!
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Seriously, probably the best post I have read!
Probably because I can relate to EVERYTHING you said, but only for about 3 or 4 days.
When my pipes froze this winter, I said "who cares, I have stored water!"
Ya right...one has no idea how much water they will use or what they will have to do without...like showers!
I also realized that I have to really boost my water storage and get more of those camping jugs from garage sales too...back away C5, this ones mine!
Having 2 young kids, we have plenty of zinc cream and peneton diaper cream...works great on funky adult areas too!
Baby powder helps prevent issues...to a point.
Now that C5 and I will be coming to blows over garage sale water jugs...BetterSafe will probably just sneak in between us and get them all!
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Ok, that was funny, but...

I mean this in the nicest way possable but there is always! always enough water even if it has to be snow that was melted and warmed up for a two to four cup wash cloth daily bath/scrub.. pit dug to collect dew water, rain water collected etc etc..

you can do it in two cups, four's better and if you can get six you are good.

Put warm water in pan, take cloth, wet set one on edge, wash face with warm wet cloth, then lightly soap cloth, wash neck, behind ears, then pits, then privates, rince cloth between each, ending on washing feet last, take the clean towel and dry all said parts..

I'm sorry but even in the biggest bush camping possable, the daily scrub is required for basic health, I don't care if you go a month without a proper shower or washing the hair, as long as the above is done daily..

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Absolutely right...a wash cloth and a few cups of warm water will do the trick...not a problem for me, but the teenagers thought they could stay home from school because they couldn't shower...hehehe, guess how that worked out!
Also, switching immediately to paper plates and disposable cutlery will help.
I have done the melting snow before too for flushing...the bonus was that I heat with wood, so no extra energy needed to melt it, but many people would be surprised how little water they get from a full pot of snow!
If you want to go the snow route in winter, don't stop collecting and melting until you have absolutely no more place to put the water!
What I usually do is fill the bathtub and use a small bucket to fill the toilet tank for the occasional flush.
Mellow yellow/brown down rule goes into effect!
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Well, I was forced by law to sponge out a few time for the sake of nooky. No washy, No ..... . Its on my list of jobs to mount a perminent watertank on the woodstove. Another system I have used before but dont have now is one of those antique fire extinguishers that you pump. Leave on the stove to heat. You pump in the shower to get yourself wet, then soap up, then pump to rinse. This uses very little water. The other low water clean I learned from shameless BC hippies. Whip up a plywood and plastic sheet shack with any material available, suround a camp woodstove with rocks...then get naked with your friends. After a day of dirty, sweaty work in the woods, you can heat up your core, socialise and swet off the dirt and dead skin. Soap up using your swet as the water. Now you are warm enough to jump in the river or snow to rinse and run back inside to re warm. That same fire pump can also be used to rinse or add steam by spraying the rocks and stove. No one will mke fun of you if you wear a bathing suit if you are shy. I have never been that deeply clean as during that fase of life. Showers were dissapointing when i returned to the city because they just wernt clean enough
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Well now I live alternately do most of you, off grid, no running water for a couple of years now. My dogs water comes from rain or from the nearby farmers barn, mine is filtered or comes from the Water Depot/Water refiller station. Alternately for me, I buy a 3 gal jug to drink from.

Washing water comes from the farmers barn so I do share the dogs water, though hers to drink is pored and mine to wash it poured into bottles.
hand spray pump bottle; Wash water for dishes is just mostly water with some dish soap, a few drops to the bottle works
hand spray pump bottle; wash water for body, same as above just some body wash into the bottle
hand spray pump bottle; rinse water for both above.

For showers, either use the smaller spray bottles or use the 3 gallon pump up sprayer bottle, this one is the garden sprayer type. Just put in a half ltr of room temperature or cold water, then pour hot water into it from the kettle. Replace the spray pump top and pump up the pressure then, shower time. Every couple of days or so for this, and daily for the hand pump bottle washing.
EDIT; stopped using wash cloths and use those plastic body scrubbers, less odour, less water and way more suds if you want them!

I am with FarmGal on this one, daily washing was a must in the bush camps and especially in the military. In the military though it was a wash cloth and small basin or your helmet with warm water, spring - summer - winter by the cook stove while on fire/stove duty or by the bigger immersion heaters outside.

Cleaning does only take a ltr or two to clean very effectively, including your hair.
Good post, lovely wording and good go round on water prepping for you. I store my water in 3 gal or 5 gal BHP free containers, my drinking water is in the Blue side storage/usage camping style container with a spigot.
best of luck, when I lived in the off grid cabin in BC, we used to keep the doors off the cabinets in the bathroom and kitchen in the winter to allow the warm air to keep the pipes from freezing as well as let them run a little bit for water flow and no freezing.
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Great post C5, too much info though ! :lol:
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Hey, Wild E. The hand spray bottle is a great idea that I never thought of.
This is just a heads up for any that read Ws post. The pump up insecticide bottles are exilent for the job...but you must never recycle a used one for this job because you dont know what was in it last and the residue will never truely be out. Warm water will open your pours and suck that strait in.

By the way, I wasnt expecting it to last 2 weeks. LOL. I kept thinking my pipes would thaw the next day and my shower awaited. It just kept draging on and on.
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Thoroughly enjoyed the post...very well done!

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