Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Refill

I started my van dwelling life with a 7-gallon water jug. It was too unwieldy, so I gave it away and changed over to several 1-gallon jugs. First six of them, then five, then four. Now I only keep two jugs around. There are two reasons for this decline in jug population.

The first was that I don’t go far from sources of potable water for long periods. So I don’t need to stockpile it.

The other reason is I consume less water than I used to. I’ve never been a coffee drinker and I’m rarely boiling foods. When I do dishes I use only enough water to get the sponge wet or to spritz water on the dishes. I clean myself with a wet washcloth. (I also use public showers of one type or another, and I use laundromats, but that’s not water I need to carry with me.)

This all came to mind today when I refilled one of my jugs. The last time I got water was, oh, six weeks ago. That’s about a third of a cup a day. (The other jug was still full.) That doesn’t mean you need to do the same. It just works for me.

6 comments:

  1. I find that when boondocking without being especially conservative I use about two and a half gallons a day. But when I cut back I comfortably use one gallon a day. Since my trailer has a 40 gallon fresh water tank the two week stay limits at a lot of places is easy. My biggest water use when in real minimum mode is my drinking of at least 2 quarts a day of water. I have been known to carry a one gallon jug for drinking water in the truck and fill it at faucets of opportunity.

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  2. I remember when you gave away that big water jug. Bob was surprised but I wasn't. Too heavy to move when full.

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  3. Hi Bob,
    To keep our kidneys in good shape, we need to "flush" them with about 2 quarts of water a day... prevents kidney stones. Well, thats wat I was told all my life, I am used to it.

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    1. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/25/upshot/no-you-do-not-have-to-drink-8-glasses-of-water-a-day.html

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  4. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your post seem to be running off the screen in Opera. I'm not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I thought I'd post to let you know. The style and design look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon. ThanksRolling Door

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    1. I'm just using one of Blogger's formats. So I'm guessing it's a thing with Opera. At any rate, the solution is beyond my abilities and control. Sorry.

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