I have never spent so much time boiling water in my entire life. We are currently under a Boil Water Order and a Mandatory Conservation Order in my area, and have been since Saturday morning.
Just for the record, you have no idea how much we rely on water for things, until you don’t have it. Or have to conserve it.
I mean, technically we HAVE water, which is good. But it’s filled with bacteria.
Friday afternoon, there was a huge water main break to a major city water supply. Most people didn’t know anything about it until Saturday when they ventured out and about and found some restaurants closed, and that gas stations weren’t selling fountain soda’s. Oh, and in case you were wondering… there isn’t a water bottle or jug in site in any store. No buying any water. Not unless you travel outside the area, and even that seems worse than usual. So what do you do?
Enter in, round the clock boiling of water. LOL
This is certainly not the end of the world, in fact, it’s a tiny blip in my life, but it’s a huge inconvenience.
I am boiling water non-stop. We almost always have a pot on the stove, trying to spread it out into pitchers, use it for brushing teeth (hello, there are 7 of us!), making food, the dogs, the cat, the hedgehog, my garden which provides food we are counting on, cooking, conserving on normal bathing/showering (again, there are 7 of us (plus my nephew!)), washing dishes… oh the dishes – with 7 people regularly eating 3 meals a day, plus I have my nephew (a toddler), it’s been fun. haha
You have no idea how relieved I was yesterday that we received a bit of rain. My garden needed it badly.
Don’t judge me for my mess. It’s not normally like this.
My daughter leaves for the Navy in a week. We have laundry to do, cleaning to do, and all of that has been put on hold, until we have water we can use again.
My garden is getting only a small amount a day, and I’ve chosen to boil it before watering, so that it’s not contaminated. I figure if they want to come after me for breaking the conservation order, I have to keep my garden alive. That’s our food, and we DO count on that in many ways to help feed us. I’d be devastated if I lost those vegetables and herbs. But mostly the vegetables.
This is the left side of my garden. The right side has grapes, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, more tomatoes, more peppers, eggplants, zucchini, blueberries, onions, garlic and asparagus. ALL in various stages of growth (except the asparagus which has exhausted itself this year). I don’t want to lose all this.
Even my food blogging has been put on hold. It’s too hard to do any cooking/baking without water and then the dishes pile up further, so for the time being, this weekend was truly a wild one, with no recipes made in my kitchen but lots and lots of water boiled.
Here are 3 tips to get through a Boil Water Order:
1. Boil a lot of water and store it. Even if you don’t have a use for it yet, boil it. Then keep it in pitchers, jugs, jars, empty sterilized milk containers, etc. in your refrigerator. It comes in handy for drinking, cooking, giving water to your pets. When even one jug is empty, boil water again. In fact, I strongly urge you to have the pots ready constantly. Don’t rely on the stores in your area to have drinking water available, because every store in our area is SOLD OUT, and they were by the evening the boil water order took effect.
2. Use Paper and plastic. Use paper plates, plastic forks, knives and spoons. Purchase plastic bowls for serving cereal, oatmeal, heated canned goods. Use frozen meals if you can, since their trays are usually disposable. Try to meal plan for the time you could be without normal water usage. This makes clean up easier, and keeps you from using unnecessary items, eliminating the pile up of dishes.
3. Use Antibacterial soap and Hand Sanitizer. The problem with being under a boil water order, is that you can’t do normal things like washing your hands without fear that you could be contaminating things you’re touching or that you could be getting your own self sick. (ie. washing hands with regular soap, 10 minutes later, you rub your eyes… enter bacteria) So just to be safe, use hand sanitizer or antibacterial soap more often than you normally would, at least while you’re dealing with a Boil Water Order.
Have any tips yourself?
What did you do this weekend? Hope it was better than mine!
Have you ever been under a boil water order?