Really, it’s the “Unfrozen” Water Test.
Remember week before last when we knew this weather was coming and I hauled 46 gallons of water into the house from the garage, along with quite a few cases of Dr. Pepper? I was afraid it would all freeze in the garage and I didn’t want to lose the bottled water if the plastic jugs cracked.
I save my one gallon milk jugs and large juice bottles, rinse them out, fill them with tap water and put a big “X” on them and keep them for flushing toilets and washing dishes if something happens to our water.
Here’s a story I saw on the news the other night and I may have mentioned it already. Abilene has three water treatment plants and my understanding is that they can supply water from all three or two and if necessary but not ideal, just one. They also have them set up so each one can run off at least two power substations. If one substation goes out, they can flip a switch (or something like that) and feed off a different substation. What they never planned on was ALL substations being out so Abilene has been totally without water for at least two days. Sometimes, when everything fails, no amount of forethought and planning can escape a catastrophe and that’s what happened this week with Abilene’s water and though unlikely, it’s possible that something similar could happen anywhere. So, we keep lots of bottled water. Vince uses distilled water in the CPAP, we buy drinking water because he won’t drink the tap water here, I use spring water for making bread since I don’t want chlorinated water messing with my yeast. I know . . it may not hurt but it may.
Anyway . . I left this bottle sitting on a cabinet in the garage. I put it near the garage door and near the walk through door and in the far corner away from the inside so no escaping heat could keep it warm. Monday night it was -13 when I got up and this bottle of water had zero ice.
The “flush” water also had no ice.
What I learned from this experiment is that so long as the temp isn’t going to be below -13, I don’t have to bring all the water inside. I’ll probably still bring the Dr. Pepper in or, better yet, I’ll stop drinking them! I’d hate to have that sugary mess to clean up. I should have left one sitting out in a plastic bag just to see what it did but I didn’t want to waste one. 🙂