It is my house that is running the water not the city. I have turned off the water at the water meter and flipped the circuit breaker on the hot water heater so I can stop the leak until I can find out where it is coming from. Dad went though the house and he can’t find the leak inside so that means it is happening under the concrete slab of the patio or shop or it’s the sprinkler system. I have no clue about how the sprinker system runs because I never used it. This will probably be a very expensive repair.
So I activated my no tap water plan and so far it seems to be going very well. I got all of the laundry done last weekend so I don’t have to worry about washing clothes for 1-2 weeks depending if I want to go with smaller loads or a a big load. I have the Zodi propane camp shower in the bathroom for tomorrow and one of the big igloo jugs is filled with warm water for tonight and I will fill up the second big igloo with hot water for the morning. I don’t think I will need to use the propane for the camp shower just the pump and the hot water from the big stock pot heated on the wood stove should work fine. I have a smaller two gallon igloo jug in the bathroom with warm water for hand washing and an extra bucket for my rinse water tubs to flush the toilet. The wood stove and igloo jugs will take the place of the hot water heater so I will probably see a small savings in my electric bill.
I cheated a little bit by getting the laundry done, filling both of my big stock pots and topping off the pet’s gravity feed water bowl jugs. Just in case I was the one responsible for the excess water usage. I think Dad is a little concerned about the water being shut off but I’m not worried about the water as I have plenty on hand. My biggest concern is my physical energy levels having to move the water around mostly by muscle power. I have a dolly and my garden wagon that will help with moving water around, so that will save a lot of physical energy. If it becomes difficult I can always turn on the water main for a few hours and get any critical jobs done using the tap water.
This “situation” does have few upsides since I turned off the water main I can buy the parts and between Dad and myself I think we can replace a few old valves that are iffy. Remove the non-working dishwasher and replace it with the portable dishwasher I have sitting in the shop. I can replace the old laundry hoses and make sure I can those valves turn off if I need to in the future. I have older toilets with the big tanks and I could install new guts into that should make them good for years to come. I think we may have to dig a few feet down to find the leak. I did want to setup the village outhouse idea and depending how much digging we need, I could get a couple of other projects done that require deep holes/trenches. I know this will be harder than normal but I think you should always try and find the positive thing you can do when life gives you a challenge. Hopefully the city water department won’t get all “butt hurt” with me turning off my own water supply.
I can pay the high water bill when it is due with just a little adjustment. Paying for the repair job is going to take a bit more work. I think I can pay at least some of it but we will have to see how everything shakes out. I’m not worried yet, peeved and annoyed with the situation but not worried!