Running Water Without A Well   Leave a comment

Alaskans lead the nation in people living without running water, but that’s a tough way to live even in a community that is extremely accommodating. There’s the gym membership, the shower bags, the laundromat, the paper plates, the gerry cans … it’s a lot of work to live without running water.

Still, not everybody lives near the city water grid and wells can be expensive and fruitless to drill. There are alternatives. You can install a water storage tank.

It’s not as simple as plunking a 500-gallon container next to your house. This is Interior Alaska where (in January) you can get a contact frostbite from opening a door without gloves on. A tank of water will quickly become a block of ice in the winter here. Forget about trying to heat it to keep it from freezing. Electricity here is 27 cents a kilowatt hour. Burying doesn’t work either because our ground actually freezes.

You have to have a basement or heated garage to put this large item in. They come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, mostly made of plastic and they quickly reduce a two-car garage to a one-car garage with a small maintenance bay.

Water in your home is a wonderful thing, but if you haven’t got an on-site well — and why would you obligate half your garage to a water tank if you did? — how does the water get to the tank?

 

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