One of the things that our family has been adjusting to is the sporadic availability of things we were used to having all of the time. The electricity and or the water can go off at any time, for any length of time. With this handy barrel full of water, we can keep the house going with bucket baths to stay cool, flushing the toilet, rinsing and washing dishes, water to filter etc. We do have a tank on the roof that fills up and supplies us through most outages, but if it is off for too long, or the pressure is not good enough to get water into the tank, the barrel it is.
When we first arrived there was a plumbing problem that allowed our tank to fill at night, but then in the morning when the water went off, our tank water would run right back out into the water system for the neighborhood to use. It didn’t really last very long, but PTL the plumber came and that is all working now as long as we have water often enough and with enough pressure.