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Posted on August 31, 2017 at 9:15 AM by Allan Warren
On April 21, 2017, I arrived home to find the recently repaired water leak had not stayed repaired. It was the second time in a week for the same area of water line. I turned the water off at the meter to avoid wasting water and running up a large water bill. I had been warned the incorrect type of pipe had been used for the original water line installation, so I knew it was time for a new water line from the meter to the house.
For seven days I chose to not have running water in my house. I used a 5-gallon bucket to bring in water from my rain barrel. I boiled the water and let it cool before using for washing hands and dishes, some cleaning, and washing hair. I always had a bucket filled with rain barrel water waiting in my bathtub for flushing the toilet. I filled the kitchen sink several times a day for a convenient hand washing station. It was camping at home. We take for granted having water from faucets, but I learned very quickly what to have available for my daily routine.
I’ve always used the rain barrel for watering outdoor gardens and plants and sometimes indoor plants and the occasional bucket or two for handwashing outside. I’m glad I have a rain barrel. It saved me from having to purchase water during the week I didn’t have running water in my house. I’m planning on getting another rain barrel, connecting them together, and saving even more water for later use.