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(Washington Post)   If you live just south of DC on the Maryland side, you'll have no water for four days starting this afternoon. Enjoy the panic at the supermarket. Love, The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 44
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2013-07-16 02:56:37 AM  
National Harbor is in that zone. That's gonna be one unhappy place.
 
2013-07-16 07:27:27 AM  
How hard is it to get by for four days without tap water?
 
2013-07-16 08:08:36 AM  

doglover: How hard is it to get by for four days without tap water?


Well, that depends on how resourceful you are.

Someone used to, say, going on camping trips would probably be OK, so long as they had enough water for drinking and cooking.   They'd grab baby wipes for washing, and accept that their hair might be a tad oily for a day or two.  Not a big deal.

The real problem, though, isn't necessarily drinking water, it's sanitation.

We use a lot of water to get rid of our waste products.  Think about not flushing your toilet for four days.   Again, the people who are used to camping can probably do OK:  Either they have a waterless toilet they can use, or they can make one easily enough.

If you fill your tub up with water, though, that would go a long way to helping with the sanitary problem, along with a bucket.  Only flush solid waste, using the water from the tub, while letting the liquid waste remain in the toilet bowl until the next time it needs to be flushed.  The phrase is "If it's yellow, let it mellow.  If it's brown, flush it down".

I wouldn't use the tub water for drinking or cooking without boiling it first.

In my case, I've actually got a nice source of over 5,500 gallons of treated water:  The swimming pool in my back yard.   If I were in that situation, I'd halt swimming activities and use that as a source of sanitary and drinking/cooking water.
 
2013-07-16 08:51:22 AM  
Meh.  No biggie.  Most folks there don't drink water anyway.
 
2013-07-16 09:45:27 AM  

Triumph: National Harbor is in that zone. That's gonna be one unhappy place.


A lot of attractive and successful African Americans live in that zone too.

/you don't think they'd do that in white neighborhood, do you?
 
2013-07-16 09:48:55 AM  
Its a good thing that is mostly African American neighborhood.

You don't see this happening in Bethesda or Chevy Chase. LOL
 
2013-07-16 09:49:02 AM  

dittybopper: We use a lot of water to get rid of our waste products. Think about not flushing your toilet for four days. Again, the people who are used to camping can probably do OK: Either they have a waterless toilet they can use, or they can make one easily enough.


Or they can be smart enough to FILL THE BATHTUB WITH WATER? That's like 40 gallons of water right there. If you use 40 gallons of water for poopin' over 4 days with modern toilets, your family is too farkin' big for that house. Honestly.
 
2013-07-16 09:49:59 AM  

dittybopper: The real problem, though, isn't necessarily drinking water, it's sanitation.


And the fact that the heat index is supposed to be 105 here today.
 
2013-07-16 09:50:07 AM  

dittybopper: doglover: How hard is it to get by for four days without tap water?

Well, that depends on how resourceful you are.

Someone used to, say, going on camping trips would probably be OK, so long as they had enough water for drinking and cooking.   They'd grab baby wipes for washing, and accept that their hair might be a tad oily for a day or two.  Not a big deal.

The real problem, though, isn't necessarily drinking water, it's sanitation.

We use a lot of water to get rid of our waste products.  Think about not flushing your toilet for four days.   Again, the people who are used to camping can probably do OK:  Either they have a waterless toilet they can use, or they can make one easily enough.

If you fill your tub up with water, though, that would go a long way to helping with the sanitary problem, along with a bucket.  Only flush solid waste, using the water from the tub, while letting the liquid waste remain in the toilet bowl until the next time it needs to be flushed.  The phrase is "If it's yellow, let it mellow.  If it's brown, flush it down".

I wouldn't use the tub water for drinking or cooking without boiling it first.

In my case, I've actually got a nice source of over 5,500 gallons of treated water:  The swimming pool in my back yard.   If I were in that situation, I'd halt swimming activities and use that as a source of sanitary and drinking/cooking water.


Oh, you got to that part.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-07-16 09:56:47 AM  
When Boston's main pipe blew a couple years ago (it was on Fark) backup systems worked.

But that stored water would be enough for only about 12 to 15 hours of normal use, Neustadt said.

I hope they spread out 12 to 15 hours total to provide a few hours per day.

I read an article a year or two ago about India's urban water supplies. The systems that charged for water worked. The systems that offered free water were plauged with leaks and provided water less than half the time. Families knew how to store water.
 
2013-07-16 10:04:17 AM  
Stay classy, Prince George's County.
 
2013-07-16 10:07:44 AM  

vernonFL: Its a good thing that is mostly African American neighborhood.

You don't see this happening in Bethesda or Chevy Chase. LOL


This is good news for the folks craving a riot
 
2013-07-16 10:10:00 AM  

vernonFL: Its a good thing that is mostly African American neighborhood.

You don't see this happening in Bethesda or Chevy Chase. LOL


Funny how that works. Probably just a coincidence. -.-
 
2013-07-16 10:10:17 AM  
How much water would it take to flush all of PG county down the drain in to the Chesapeake Bay?

 i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-16 10:22:52 AM  

vernonFL: Its a good thing that is mostly African American neighborhood.

You don't see this happening in Bethesda or Chevy Chase. LOL


Which is too bad, because the mains in Montgomery County are garbage and are in desparate need of being replaced.  I've lived in BCC for just over three years.  Since then, I've gone without water due to main breaks four times.  I saw a car get swallowed by a sinkhole over a main break just behind the new Bloomingdale's on Wisconsin Avenue.  WSSC is a joke.
 
2013-07-16 10:34:13 AM  

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: vernonFL: Its a good thing that is mostly African American neighborhood.

You don't see this happening in Bethesda or Chevy Chase. LOL

Which is too bad, because the mains in Montgomery County are garbage and are in desparate need of being replaced.  I've lived in BCC for just over three years.  Since then, I've gone without water due to main breaks four times.  I saw a car get swallowed by a sinkhole over a main break just behind the new Bloomingdale's on Wisconsin Avenue.  WSSC is a joke.


I live in Germantown and have had issues a few times with them as well. The WSSC is bad but remember Pepco is waaaay worse.
 
2013-07-16 10:34:36 AM  

doglover: Oh, you got to that part.


Guy #1: It's all set, right?
Guy #2: It's gonna be just like in Carrie. [pulls rope; several squealing pigs fall on Stan]
Guy #1: Pigs? It was supposed to be pig's blood.
Guy #2: I didn't finish the book.
Guy #1: You stopped reading after the word "pigs"? That wasn't even the end of the sentence.
 
2013-07-16 10:34:43 AM  
Is four days enough? Anyone need more overtime?
 
2013-07-16 10:38:59 AM  
I hope swamp coolers aren't common there.  People gonna roast no matter how much water they drink.
 
2013-07-16 10:40:39 AM  
Anyone who doesn't have a minimum few weeks worth of water stockpiled is a fool. And  dittybopper's advice regarding using bathtub water for flushing the toilet is spot-on.

I'm sure the zero forethought, low information crowd will do great in this situation though.
 
2013-07-16 10:43:18 AM  
Wow 4 days without running water in near 100 degree weather. I wonder how far the smell will travel.
 
2013-07-16 10:46:32 AM  

dittybopper: If you fill your tub up with water, though, that would go a long way to helping with the sanitary problem, along with a bucket.


They were informed Monday night that the water would go out Tuesday afternoon. If they missed the announcement Monday night and went to work today, they're screwed.
 
2013-07-16 10:52:59 AM  
Thars gonna be a lot of dry docked sea pickles over there soon.

/It stinks!
/poop
 
2013-07-16 11:14:35 AM  
images1.wikia.nocookie.net

that's what you get for dropping the modified FEV.
 
2013-07-16 11:38:11 AM  
How dare they be proactive and fix the problem before the main bursts!
 
2013-07-16 11:42:01 AM  
It's DC. They can drink the water from the river and it's about the same.
 
2013-07-16 11:47:27 AM  

groppet: Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: vernonFL: Its a good thing that is mostly African American neighborhood.

You don't see this happening in Bethesda or Chevy Chase. LOL

Which is too bad, because the mains in Montgomery County are garbage and are in desparate need of being replaced.  I've lived in BCC for just over three years.  Since then, I've gone without water due to main breaks four times.  I saw a car get swallowed by a sinkhole over a main break just behind the new Bloomingdale's on Wisconsin Avenue.  WSSC is a joke.

I live in Germantown and have had issues a few times with them as well. The WSSC is bad but remember Pepco is waaaay worse.


I live in VA and work in Silver Spring. Was considering moving in a year or two. But, you guys are making me think that putting up with the roads/drivers in NoVA is still way better than dealing with crappy services in MD.
 
2013-07-16 11:53:02 AM  

doglover: Oh, you got to that part.


Oh, I usually get there, but I like to take the scenic route sometimes...
 
2013-07-16 11:56:05 AM  

thurstonxhowell: dittybopper: If you fill your tub up with water, though, that would go a long way to helping with the sanitary problem, along with a bucket.

They were informed Monday night that the water would go out Tuesday afternoon. If they missed the announcement Monday night and went to work today, they're screwed.


Well, I generally check the news before I go to work in the morning, even if it's just to see things about weather and traffic issues, and I listen to the radio.

If you're oblivious to your surroundings enough that you don't get that information in a timely fashion, extra time probably wouldn't help you much.  Also, there is a time pressure, and I pointed out waterless ways of taking care of sanitary issues.
 
2013-07-16 11:58:57 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: I hope swamp coolers aren't common there.  People gonna roast no matter how much water they drink.


Hehe...ironically swamp coolers don't work very well when you live in a swamp (or an ex-swamp like DC).  They rely on evaporative cooling to reduce temperature, which only really works if the air is very dry to start with.  With humidity as high as it is, you can't get nearly as much water to evaporate, and therefore not nearly as much energy is taken from the air during the phase change from liquid to vapor.

But you are correct, people will be roasting.

/Although with the AC running, maybe someone will find the drip line from the condenser and have themselves a nice glass of distilled water.
 
2013-07-16 11:59:18 AM  
Jobs Program
 
2013-07-16 12:01:38 PM  
If you are in this zone and need water, attach a hose to your AC's drain or get a dehumidifier. The humidity is high, and your AC is producing the waste condensation anyways, and it will produce enough for sanitation purposes if used to flush solid waste. In a pinch, you can also boil it for drinking and cooking as long as you keep the collection bins clean.
 
2013-07-16 12:02:58 PM  

enik: Anyone who doesn't have a minimum few weeks worth of water stockpiled is a fool.


That's a hell of a lot of water.  If you figure a quart per person per day for a 4 person family for 3 weeks, that's 21 gallons of water.  And that's not enough water in the summer, and not enough for sanitary issues.

Also, filling up a bathtub with, say, 40 gallons is only going to give you about 12 flushes of a modern 3.2 gallon flush toilet.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-07-16 12:03:08 PM  
I wonder how the sewer system will hold up with no incoming water. We had a story a few years ago about eco-friendly low flow toilets in the SF Bay Area breaking the sewage treatment plant.
 
2013-07-16 12:09:49 PM  

Naesen: If you are in this zone and need water, attach a hose to your AC's drain or get a dehumidifier. The humidity is high, and your AC is producing the waste condensation anyways, and it will produce enough for sanitation purposes if used to flush solid waste. In a pinch, you can also boil it for drinking and cooking as long as you keep the collection bins clean.


You could collect it in 16 ounce plastic water bottles and let the sun disinfect it also.
 
2013-07-16 12:21:42 PM  
P.G. County.....JENKEM STYLE!~!!!

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2013-07-16 12:30:46 PM  

dittybopper: If you're oblivious to your surroundings enough that you don't get that information in a timely fashion, extra time probably wouldn't help you much.


Yeah, fark people who get their news on the car ride to work. Those uninformed jackasses probably don't shower, anyway. It's ridiculous that they might expect to function in today's society by merely listening to the news during their morning commute and reading a bit in the early evening.

dittybopper: Also, there is a time pressure, and I pointed out waterless ways of taking care of sanitary issues.


I know there's a time pressure. It's possible for this to both be necessary and kind of suck for a lot of people at the same time. Your waterless solution for sanitary issues would get real smelly real fast around an apartment building.
 
2013-07-16 12:31:08 PM  

pute kisses like a man: [images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 850x478]

that's what you get for dropping the modified FEV.


Stopped by to make the Fallout 3 reference, leaving satisfied that my work was done for me.
 
2013-07-16 01:02:00 PM  

dittybopper: Naesen: If you are in this zone and need water, attach a hose to your AC's drain or get a dehumidifier. The humidity is high, and your AC is producing the waste condensation anyways, and it will produce enough for sanitation purposes if used to flush solid waste. In a pinch, you can also boil it for drinking and cooking as long as you keep the collection bins clean.

You could collect it in 16 ounce plastic water bottles and let the sun disinfect it also.


That can be hit or miss depending on the conditions. I figure it's always safe germ-wise boiled.
 
2013-07-16 01:15:15 PM  

thurstonxhowell: dittybopper: If you're oblivious to your surroundings enough that you don't get that information in a timely fashion, extra time probably wouldn't help you much.

Yeah, fark people who get their news on the car ride to work. Those uninformed jackasses probably don't shower, anyway. It's ridiculous that they might expect to function in today's society by merely listening to the news during their morning commute and reading a bit in the early evening.

dittybopper: Also, there is a time pressure, and I pointed out waterless ways of taking care of sanitary issues.

I know there's a time pressure. It's possible for this to both be necessary and kind of suck for a lot of people at the same time. Your waterless solution for sanitary issues would get real smelly real fast around an apartment building.


If bad smells are all you have to worry about, I think you will get through this horrible 72 hour ordeal just fine.

It might "kind of suck" but really...how about we just reflect on how lucky we are, that on a normal day we can take completely for granted, clean water, in almost limitless abundance, from multiple taps, in every home.

/Maybe I'll fill up some of my home depot buckets with ice water, and drive around PG county selling water.  5 gallons for $20.
//I'm sure I wouldn't get robbed
/PG is a notoriously safe community
 
2013-07-16 02:40:43 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Your waterless solution for sanitary issues would get real smelly real fast around an apartment building.


Yes, it would, if you didn't, you know, keep the lid on it.
 
2013-07-16 02:52:09 PM  
I grew up crashing remote-controlled stuff into cars in the WSSC parking lot, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2013-07-16 09:57:14 PM  

vernonFL: Its a good thing that is mostly African American neighborhood.

You don't see this happening in Bethesda or Chevy Chase. LOL


There have been some big water main breaks in the past two years in NW DC, which is (mainly white) millionaire acres, and they went without water. Not for four days, though, that's true.

It's idiot to see racism in something like this.

National Harbor, which is a very ritzy shopping village/convention meeting sort of place isn't going to have water.
 
2013-07-16 09:59:33 PM  

Mr. Breeze: It's DC. They can drink the water from the river and it's about the same.


Good point.
 
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