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They’re expanding the road by our condo complex and slipped a letter under our door that said the water would be turned off last Wed for 8 hours (10 PM-6 AM). But it also said the complex had enough water stored in 2 tanks. 

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We still had water that night. A new letter was put under our door Thurs morning saying that THIS was actually the day they were going to cut the water off. Still had water on Thurs. 

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Surprise! 

Today, we had no letter but they cut the water off at 2 PM. Last week's letter said the water tank would supply our water and I foolishly thought they would turn a valve and the city water pipe would turn off and the tank water would start flowing into the pipes. Nope. You had to go line up by the tank and fill up your own bucket with a hose and then carry it back to your apartment.

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It's more wet in the Philippines. 

At least I didn't have to go to the well and draw my own water like this guy in Bohol! How do you guys deal with water being cut off? 

 

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to_dave007
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We don't have municipal water connection... though recently it DID become available (very low flow) if we make connection,

For most of the year 95% of our water (for everything but drinking) comes from our rainwater tank (about 5500 gallons).  So if we have rain..  we have water.  During the dry season (and occasionally at other times) we need to pump from the deep well.  Takes 12 to 18 hours to fill the tank from the deep well.. Had a bit of a scare one time when BIL didn't wait long enough to prime the pump before turning it on so it was sucking air and I thought we'd have to pull the pipes up to replace the leather gasket..  ..  But other than that it's been smooth enough.  Just have to keep an eye on water level in the tank if there's been no rain for a while.

In the past we've had no water..  but hired local guy to bring water (by trike)..  and fill up tubs at the house.  Was just a few days.  We managed.

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Salty Dog

Our small home in the mountains near Sorsogon has never had 24/7 water. We get it for several hours a day in the evening. We fill buckets and large plastic trash cans for flushing, washing hands and dishes.We take our shower (more like scoop showers) when the water is flowing.

Before we added an attach CR to the house. Basically a tent around a concrete slab with a septic tank below it.

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After we added the attached CR:

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Paddy
3 hours ago, to_dave007 said:

replace the leather gasket

I’m intrigued. An electric pump with a leather gasket somewhere in the foot valve/injector?

The OP’s story is another one that is illustrative of the need here to have, where possible, backup capability to any service needed to live. We can work normally without carrying water for 3 days. Unfortunately, we were without power for 4.5 days after Tisoy. My next project is saving to replace our defunct generator with something that the neighbours won’t complain about!

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Dafey
1 hour ago, Paddy said:

My next project is saving to replace our defunct generator with something that the neighbours won’t complain about!

My genset is about 140 decibels. I could care less what the surrounding community thinks as the church bells are measures at 170 and the Barangay hall has an endless barrage of extremely loud music any time of day or night. Sometimes I run the genset just to drown out the offending noise!

:sarcasm:

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1 hour ago, Paddy said:

I’m intrigued. An electric pump with a leather gasket somewhere in the foot valve/injector?

The OP’s story is another one that is illustrative of the need here to have, where possible, backup capability to any service needed to live. We can work normally without carrying water for 3 days. Unfortunately, we were without power for 4.5 days after Tisoy. My next project is saving to replace our defunct generator with something that the neighbours won’t complain about!

Yes.. the deep well pump is a jet pump..  at the surface..  Prime is held by a leather gasket down at the bottom by the foot valve.  Bit of a pain to have to pull out 60 feet of pipe to replace it..  but will need to be done every several years.

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Raven

Living in a private property gives a bit more options than living in a condo, I think.
We have a 1000 liter storage tank (at ground level) and a pressure pump. It gives us some days of water supply and its enough for their normal 1-day repair or maintenance. After Sendong we did not have water for 1 month, so we dug a shallow well as a reserve and for garden use. At the moment we only have a manual hand pump at the well, but pipe is prepared for a pump connected to the storage tank.

Its solved the water supply problems, but still have to watch if Water District turn water off/on and close the water inlet to the storage tank 'cos the first many gallons, when they reopen, looks more like Instant Coffee!!

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user333
55 minutes ago, Raven said:

 looks more like Instant Coffee

Yes, the water came back around midnight and we had to run it for 1-2 minutes to clear the brownish color. 

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Soupeod
14 hours ago, user333 said:

They’re expanding the road by our condo complex and slipped a letter under our door that said the water would be turned off last Wed for 8 hours (10 PM-6 AM). But it also said the complex had enough water stored in 2 tanks. 

87801733_498797007485217_873333723641151488_n.thumb.jpg.5dccc7046f34bca26fe67173cd9f5c2b.jpg

We still had water that night. A new letter was put under our door Thurs morning saying that THIS was actually the day they were going to cut the water off. Still had water on Thurs. 

87445410_2542822789318435_4492743354500513792_n.thumb.jpg.321463b810047ba15b6c783d0bb45b0d.jpg

Surprise! 

Today, we had no letter but they cut the water off at 2 PM. Last week's letter said the water tank would supply our water and I foolishly thought they would turn a valve and the city water pipe would turn off and the tank water would start flowing into the pipes. Nope. You had to go line up by the tank and fill up your own bucket with a hose and then carry it back to your apartment.

88273557_775402256315761_8293155671856119808_n.thumb.jpg.fa64388d6dd654819de11d05654a11fb.jpg

It's more wet in the Philippines. 

At least I didn't have to go to the well and draw my own water like this guy in Bohol! How do you guys deal with water being cut off? 

 

We don’t have city water at all. 

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