It wasn’t easy but I finished up the 5 day no tap water test without completely losing my mind or succumbing to exhaustion. This water line isn’t going to freeze because the city code requires it to be buried 42 inches deep. That seems a bit much even for our winters but it’s almost done. The plumbers will be back to finish up the last of the back fill in the morning. I will take it easy for a day maybe two and then I’ll catch up some of the weekly cleaning chores and start re-filling my water barrels.
One thing I want to mention is my 5 gallon camp jugs seemed to leak a bit around the spigot. A little bit of plumbers tape on the threads of the spigot did a great job stopping the leaks. Plumber’s tape is cheap and easy to use so adding a roll the toolbox is a good idea. I will have a few more ideas and helpful hints for everyone once I have a chance to recover physically and evaluate how I could make things easier if the water is turned off for a longer period of time.
I don’t think many people know just how much work going without tap water is for more than a day or two, I know I didn’t when I started my first water test. Though this test was easier it is a lot of work to move the water yourself. All I did was keep the house going if I had a garden that would have added a lot of work even with my rain barrels. Going without a sewage system is something I don’t want to think about as far as additional work. I don’t want to see any kind of collapse though I think it is going to happen. I know disasters can happen to anyone and knowing you have things on hand and have tested has helped my confidence that I can things short term at least and gained the knowledge so that I can help others.
In a collapse I’m certain I can handle whatever comes my way for the rest of my life, however long or short that happens to be.