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Friday, January 10, 2014

"There's always the 10% who don't get the word." USMC saying.

 This is one of the handbills I picked up yesterday. There have been water system failures all over the state of Georgia.  Our water plants are not designed, in any way, shape or form, to function at sub zero temperatures.

In my part of the county, which is sparsely settled, there is no county water anyway.  But out by the lake, where the hoity toity live, or up on the mountain tops that have been developed for $400,000 homes, there is county water.

How do you get out the word to people not to use the water?  Here, they put these handbills out in town, exactly as news was disseminated during the Civil War. We do have a radio station, but most people only listen to it on Sunday for the religious programming.  You would think the county government would put out the word over the police radio, because people monitor it and they would tell their relatives. But no one did that.

My wife went back to her mom's yesterday.  She got up this morning, took a shower and brushed her teeth, then got to school and found out the water is polluted and contaminated, and they are telling people not to use it under any circumstances. They put trash bags over all the water fountains in the school.

In Atlanta, one of the big counties had a water system failure, and they are blowing smoke at the people, telling them it was "unrelated" to the cold. That's the bureaucrats covering their rear ends because they knew the cold was coming, and they did nothing to prevent all this.

Here at the house we are good because we are on a well.  But the impact on the town has been significant.

19 comments:

  1. It seems a significant fraction of Louisiana is under boil alerts at any given point in time. Don't know if it's the water table being a foot below ground or corrupt dysfunctional local government running the water districts but there it is. We found out we were in one of these alerts a day into it once. Honestly I'm not quite sure how they put it out. I listen to the local radio and didn't hear it. We were in the midst of moving and did not have our usual water storage so it was quite the calamity.

    However generally we can boil then filter water if need be so it is not a huge issue.

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  2. Well, you can't wash clothes, or dishes unless you want to use up a lot of stored water. You can't take a shower, have to take sponge baths out of a tub. I have about 300 gallons of fresh water stored at any given time, so realistically it isn't a big deal. Unless, of course, there's raw sewage in the water and you don't find out until after you gargle with it.......

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  3. The ones we seem to have down here drinking/ cooking is the issue. We've used paper plates to skip the washing dishes part. The last one they said it was fine to shower.

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    1. I wonder about that. If you can't drink the water, seems like showering in it would be unwise. They still haven't said here what the problem with the water is, which makes me very leery. I don't trust our county government to tell the truth at all. The last big scandal here concerning water was when a cow fell into the reservoir by the county pump and drowned. They didn't check the reservoir like they are supposed to, and the cow swelled up and swirled around in the water. It wasn't found until people started bitching about the water having a bad taste......

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  4. They don't use the EBS. Then what good is it??

    In Florida we had a water main break. I was out walking and saw the city guys finishing the reapirs to the road. I asked if we should use bottled water for a few days. They said yes. I picked some up. 8hrs later our complex sent out a notice and gave everyone a gallon of water. 8 hours later they tell us. Are you kidding me. ???

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    1. I don't think they can use the Emergency Broadcasting System for stuff like that. It has to be something of immediate urgency. At least somebody told you about it. Here, if you don't go to town, and go to a store that made up it's own handbills for customers, you don't find out there's a problem until the paper comes out or somebody calls you.

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  5. Never had to really think about such things up here. Occasionally they do some work on the lines and recommend boiling but I can't remember when the last time was. The county is broken up into several small districts which are all gravity fed with lines well below the frost line if the county water dried up I would go to boiling and filtering my own cistern and pond water though.

    Sadly the well filled up years ago and money to dig a new one is not in the budget anytime soon but we have enough ground water I am not too worried about it.

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    1. I have my well, a spring , and a creek. But I can only run my pump and pressure tank off the well. Our county is divided into four districts, and I live in the one they never do anything about because so few people live up here.

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  6. Personally, I'd keep a 10lt supply of boiled water on hand. Messing with any nasty bacteria just isn'tworth it. And, as for showers / baths - unless you're involved with sweaty work, a handbasin wash should suffice until you get the all clear?

    Considering those less fortunate people worldwide who have to collect all their water on a daily basis, roughing it for a week or so gives one a different perspective, don't you reckon?

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    1. I keep about 300 gallons of water stored, and rotate it by using it to water my animals. I'm a bit odd about showers. I spent a month in Turkey once, ,at Saros Bay, living in a tent city. The water all came from ships in the bay. There was not enough for showers. We got so nasty our uniforms rotted right off of us. Since then I take two or three showers a day.

      I saw so much third world stuff I got burned out on it. My wife was a missionaries daughter, grew up in Nigeria and Niger, and she burned out on it too. I guess at heart I am not as sensitive as I should be.

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  7. There ought to be a better way to get the word out to people. A normal line breakage is bad enough but if chemicals are involved, that's really bad. I would have thought the police and public health officials would be going door to door in addition to tv, radio, etc.

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    1. And, perhaps under the circumstances, a cell phone text message could be issued?

      The authorities have done that here when the urgent need arose.

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    2. Well, people in my part of the county are so scattered, and thin on the ground. It would be hard to go up every possum trail and find people. I am sure out at the lake where all the rich people live the county commissioner had people going around and telling people.

      Our cell phone coverage is so bad that I don't get a signal at all up at the house. But it would reach a lot of people. It isn't just my county that doesn't tell people, over where my wife works there are a lot more people and nobody put out the word to them either.

      What frosts me is all they had to do is make a call on the police frequency, and almost everybody would have found out, either from their scanners or being called by friends and family. But they didn't.

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  8. Harry I did a week long water test and what I learned is to figure about 3-5 gallons per day per person and add 3 gallons per day for the house (flushing and water for cleaning) I have 4 of the small dish pans (kitchen/bathrooms) for washing up then you use that water to flush the toilet. Extra rinse water can be dumped in the washer and saved for doing a load of laundry.
    Family Dollar and Big Lots usually have big stockpots for under $20.00 that are great for boiling up water the night before and then store the hot water in Igloo camp jugs. You want to take "store" that hot water as long as possible if you can't use your hot water tank.
    I stockup on the Brita water filters and pitchers to improve the taste of drinking water since it will remove the beach smell and flavor of my stored water. You might check out the Zodi portable propane camp shower for your personal cleanup.

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    1. If we lose power I cut over to the generator and I can run off that for a long,long time. Failing that, I have one of Lehmans well buckets that pulls up two gallons a trip. If something happens that makes that impractical then I am down to boiling water. Like you I have couple of big pots for that. I have an artesian spring on my property that is pure but I would probably boil that water just to be safe. I do need to rig a back-up shower since hauling water up three flights of stairs to the cast iron tub would soon pale on me. Thanks for the good thoughts.

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  9. A good reason to get a Berkey.
    Kimberly

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    1. Kimberly, I should at least have one out in the store room. That is something like the shower kit, I need to buy it now, not wait til I need it and can't get it.

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  10. I would think they would put that on the news and radio. I love water. I use glass salad dressing bottles to fill up with water. I have so many of them now. I use glass because then I can put it in the microwave for tea.

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    1. That would work. I didn't think about the microwave aspect. I use big jugs that cat sand comes in. They are food grade plastic, and store a lot of water. I also use the old Gatorade one gallon jugs.

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