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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 7
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2013-07-16 12:09:49 PM
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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 12:01:38 PM
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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 11:58:57 AM
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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 11:14:35 AM
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that's what you get for dropping the modified FEV.
2013-07-16 10:34:36 AM
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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 09:49:59 AM
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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 08:08:36 AM
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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.
 
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