Conserving Water

There was a water main break in our co-op water system a couple of days ago and the storage tanks were nearly completely empty. We are boiling our drinking water or drinking bottled water for the time being. The tanks have to refill then that water will be used to flush sand and debris from the lines, then the tanks will fill again and we’ll be back to normal water pressure and usage. And of course I have laundry to do. And I don’t want to run the risk of clogging the filter in the washer.

We’ve not noticed any sand in our water. The break was not near us, but it we are affected because of the drop in water pressure. We have an outdoor whole-house water filter that catches sediment before the water comes into the house. I’m wondering about changing out that filter so we can do a load of laundry, a medium load only with one rinse instead of two. I usually do two rinses since we have hard water and I add vinegar to the first rinse to cut any soap left in the clothes. Vinegar also acts as a bit of a fabric softener as well.

We also have a countertop water filter that eliminates 99.9% of the impurities in the water that comes into the house. We’ll need to replace that filter when the co-op is finished flushing the water lines. In the meantime we use filtered water at the tap and boil it for cooking. We’ve got a couple of dozen bottles of drinking water in the fridge and more to replace it with when we go through that. We needed to finish a couple of cases of water that have been in the garage and we might as well do that. We always carry water with us in our vehicles and Brad keeps bottled water in his shop and carries some with him to the gun range.

The water is OK for bathing according to the lady at the co-op office. The last time we had something like this happen I noticed sand in the water tanks of the bathroom toilets. I need to check and see if they are clear or not. And we’ll need to have David come out and flush the water heater for us. It’s always something!

I didn’t shower last night, fell asleep in my recliner again. But I’ll enjoy a hot shower before Brad gets home from church. The kids are staying home today because of the heat. Audrey wants to keep them inside and I don’t blame her one bit. The heat really saps my energy so I don’t get out much when it’s triple digit temps like we are having now.

I’m going to finish my morning coffee and hit the shower, make the beds and wash some dishes by hand instead of running the dishwasher. Brad will bring lunch when he comes home after church. I’ve got a taste for the grilled salmon from Cotton Patch. It’s been awhile since we had that.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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