I’m trying to think more gratefully about Dad helping me out with this little water problem. I would prefer to pay as I go rather than add another debt to pay off but since this will happen anyway, I might as well be thankful and a bit more gracious towards Dad. Before the water pipe went bad I had redone my budget counting up some savings in order to payoff the wood stove loan ASAP. I’ll just keep doing my normal wood stove payment and knock out the water main debt as quickly as possible instead. Looks like the kindle fire will have to wait a little longer but that’s okay I have a couple of other items I wanted to get before the kindle anyway.
I did find a great deal on a slightly used Ruger 10/22. The rifle looks brand new and cost only $180.00. I put $35.00 down and the owner will hold it until the end of the month when I get paid. The Ruger will finish up the last of the basic guns I wanted for any SHTF type event. I have a small order for Amazon of another Baofeng SW transceiver and the small Sawyer water filter. Paying the big water bill next month put a bit of a crimp in my original spending plan but once that bill is paid it will be out of my hair and I can rework the budget for paying off Dad.
Latest news on the water test is trying out the Zodi battery powered water pump portion of the camp shower. The water pressure from the pump is on the low side but it gets the job done. I had no problems with the pump drawing water and I think it worked pretty well considering the pump is only using 4 D cell batteries (6 volts) for power. Instead of using the complete Zodi Camp shower I used bit of clear hose and a bucket of warm water and it worked fine. Having 8 rechargeable D cell batteries and one of those solar battery chargers would be a better long term no power solution than a bunch of normal D cell batteries.
The no tap water test is one test I think everyone should try even if it is for just a couple of days. Loss of water is common to a lot disasters, most wells don’t work with out electricity and as many folks hit by the cold weather this year freezing pipes are no fun at all. My broken water pipe and turning off the water has more of a minor inconvenience rather than a major challenge because I have stored plenty of water and the equipment that makes moving water a lot easier on me physically. You will be under enough stress as it is anything you can do to make life a little easier before a disaster will help you mitigate that stress.