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The Bucket Brigade.....

January 17th, 2008 at 11:55 am

I read in the past year about people in more parched areas collecting rainfall and others collecting water inside. We have a sorta box-shaped house--longer one way than the other. Of course, the hot water heater is on one end and the master bath on the other. Water pipes run through the attic, and since we haven't gotten all the old insulation out and new put in yet, the water is COLD this time of year. I grew up on spring water so I should be used to it. But, over the years, I've enjoyed it hotter and hotter. I watched the water run one day while I was waiting for hot water to show up and realized that I was wasting a ton of water each week. So, I found a clean bucket and started collecting the cold water. Then, I had to figure out what to do with it every day. One day, I watered the outside porch plants that don't get rain. Then, I figured I could use it to fill the dogs' water dispenser. Then, I watered the inside plants. Today, I have another thing of water. I think I will put it into the washer this afternoon with a load of cold wash that I need to do. I'm finding out that I have to come up with ideas to use up this water. Wow, how much have I used over the years letting it run just for one shower? Multiply that by all of us for years and, whoa...that's a lot of water. I haven't told Hubby what I'm doing yet. I wanted to see what I found out. He's probably really wondering what the bucket in the shower is for. I'll have to have some facts ready or he's liable to up my medicine this time.....

5 Responses to “The Bucket Brigade.....”

  1. miclason Says:

    LOL!...the bucket in our bathroom is for keeping water in case it shuts down (during the war, you'd only get water for x amount of hours per day, so we got used to having buckets filled with water around...now it's useful because the water company tends to run ads telling you they'll shut the water down to make repairs either ON the day they shut it or the day after!)

  2. Ima saver Says:

    smart idea!

  3. mom-from-missouri Says:

    I've used it to even flush toilets with.

    You can very fix the problem (and possibly prevent broken pipes) but using swim noodles. Just slit down the side and slide over the pipes. Last time we did this it was cheaper to use the swim noodles than it was to buy the pipe insulation. We use them on the outside pipes near the barn as well, and none have froze yet.

  4. boomeyers Says:

    That is great Jan! What great thinking! It is amazing all the things you can do with a bucket of water. Smile

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    Thanks for the great thoughts. You know, I think the exact same thing almost every time I turn on the shower and wait for it to warm up.

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