Always store water in a bucket in each rest room

@ravisivan (14051)
India
October 6, 2012 6:38am CST
Water -- Nearly 2/3 rd of the world is water. But of that only a fraction is potable.(drinking water). Balance is salt water from which salt is taken. Water is a scarce commodity in India - i understand now in USA - california also-- I am used to a set up forty years ago -- store water in buckets for day's use and then spend it. one bucket for taking bath, one bucket for toilet etc. thanks to rain water harvesting system introduced by Tamil Nadu government a few years ago -- it is compulsory for all houses to have rain water harvesting system installed so that rain water gets accumulated in water sump or goes to the well. Water position has improved slightly. Even now fight is going on between Karnataka State and tamil nadu for sharing Cauvery river water. If the rain is heavy Karanataka will release water to Tamil Nadu and through that it goes to Bay of Bengal. When there is less rain Karnataka people agitate for not releasing water to tamil nadu. Two days back a mylot member posted a discussion about water shortage in their building due to technical reasons. now it has been sorted out. My suggestion: -- We must store one bucket of water in each rest room so that in times of emergency it can be used. The problem may be felt less in places likes usa, uk, canada where toilet paper is used for cleaning instead of water. The concept of flesh water tank --is only on the point that water should be stored for future use. So it is better to store water. Do you store water like this in rest room? Is there water shortage in your place?
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@missjahn (4578)
• Philippines
6 Oct 12
hello there... in God's grace, in the place where i use to live, we have plenty of water. we need not to pay on a certain water station to have it for consumption. but most of the residence here used jetmatic pumps. we need to pump the water using our hands as we fetch water for a usage. but in our house, we have two kinds of pumps, this jetmatic in case there would be brownouts and this electric operated pumps to have it simpler and hurriedly. but as of now, after those recent earthquake, the electric pump cannot vacuum water on its own, that is why, we need to pump the jetmatic to help vacuum water and that it can flow freely using electricity. i guess there is deepening of the whole happened down there that is why the pole would not be able to reach to the supple of water. pertaining to that statement you mentioned, yes, we need to store bucket of water in a container to be prepared to any shortages if may so happen. not just in the toilet but also in all corner of the house, for example in the lavatory and in the outside part and to anything we need it constantly. henceforth, back to the main course of the discussion, since we have abundance of water in our place, we used to use water to clean ourselves after disposing. :) thanks
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@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
missjahn Lucky you are in a house where you have more water. good. you use two types of pumps. Are you getting water from municipality? Borewell water is another source. But beyond some level it is dangerous to take out water from ground.
@missjahn (4578)
• Philippines
6 Oct 12
no, it is freshwater from the ground. it is clean and we used it since ever of our lives. we do not live in the city or near to it, that is why we do not need to be connected from a water company which is called water district. that water is chlorinated to kill bacteria or germs. you know that place is crowded that is why different kinds of pollution are present. i do not like to drink their potable water in there and all because i do not like to smell the chlorine content of that water even it is tasteless. so if so, just buy mineral bottle waters. allow me to include this jetmatic pump. should attached this picture last night right away but i forgot to include it
@missjahn (4578)
• Philippines
6 Oct 12
jetmatic pump - most of the residents in our place use this jetmatic pump to have water to use. we are lucky that we have a clean water in the place that is safe to drink. we do not need to pay monthly water bills for we need not to have water connection to the water district :)
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• India
6 Oct 12
Hi ravi! Although i donot face water shortage,but i know its a big problem.i have seen in news,specially in delhi,people are helpless to use dirty muddy water.its so pathetic.our place encounters flood every year.i was thinking is there any way to store this flood water for future use?if it is possible it will solve many problems.not only people overcome flood like situation but also they can multiuse this water.storing water in bukets is ok and many families do.have a good day.
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@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
Rohitt: that is another problem - floods--opposite is droughts -- regular usage water is not available in some places. See the problem between karanatka and tamil nadu. buses are burnt. trains are stopped. for what? is it for giving water to a man in another world?
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@Rick1950 (1481)
• Peru
6 Oct 12
Hi Sivan, I find very interesting your discussion because it treats about an important stuff that is water, especially potable water. I think that many countries have problem with water, I mean with the fact having enough water for their population. We have the same problem also in our country and we are working by taking measures for the future. I live in a large city with more than 8 millions inhabitants and many of these people have not potable water yet. They must buy water that is brought to them by trucks. I think that water is more important than electricity and contribute to the health of the people. At my home we have always some buckets of water for emergency situations. Finally I think that water will become more expensive in the future. Have a nice day!
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
Rick: Are you in Mumbai or Ahmedabad? yes. water is becoming costlier than milk. soon people can take bath in milk than in water. interesting. Water is an important resource and unless steps are taken to conserve water it will result is shortage.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
I am sorry. you are from Peru. I mistook you for another friend. tell me good points about Peru,.
@Rick1950 (1481)
• Peru
6 Oct 12
Yes, I'm living in Lima, Peru, but I'd like to visit Mumbai or Calcuta some day. And yes, the economical forecasts are good here due to the mining. Have a nice stay in America!
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
6 Oct 12
Uncle Ravi, indeed it is very important to store water in our home. Before when we live in our old home, we store water in clean bucket with cover. Whenever there is water problem, we will use our stored water to supply our daily needs. Since we moved to this new place, we don't have to store any water in the bucket anymore. Because our new home have a medium size water tank. Whenever there is any water shortage, we don't have to worry since we still can enjoy water like usual. Have a nice weekend.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
myfb: You are form malaysia. I am happy you do not have water problem in the new house because water tank is there. that is good. What i suggested is only to get over an exigency or emergency. if there is acute water shortage for a long time nothing can be done. we have taken measures like buying water or finding alternate source for water.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
8 Oct 12
Yes, it is depending on situation. But, buying water in town area not cheap at all. Besides that, we don't have the opportunity to find another source of water at all. Unlike living in village area, where we can always try our best to find alternative source of water. Have a nice day, uncle.
@GardenGerty (91019)
• Marion, Kansas
6 Oct 12
I am in the US. We have had a drought, but it has not affected our usable water yet. I hope it does not. There are many people who believe that major disasters are coming and encourage water storage for drinking. There are also home purification methods that people sell. It does not hurt to keep some extra water on hand.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
you have put it nicely -- that extra water on hand is advisable. I think in USA also steps should be taken for conservation of water by rain water harvesting system.
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@GardenGerty (91019)
• Marion, Kansas
7 Oct 12
My grand parents always had a cistern and it collected rain water from the roof. Could not use it to cook or drink but it was useful for everything else. I had a neighbor about thirty five years ago that had a very small property. They had wonderful gardens by making use of all space and all water. They would have gutters run from the house and it would water their vegetables and their grapevines and everything.
• India
6 Oct 12
Ravi, good topic and nice suggestion. Always i am interested in saving water and never waste even a single drop of water, i know the importance of water and keep it safe.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
vidhyaprakash: yes. I know. you are from chennai where we have struggled hard for water. now the position may be slightly better but we cannot sit back and take rest on this. use rain water harvesting system and also store water whenever possible. Tell this to your children also. I am sure you will be teaching them properly.
@Angelpink (4023)
• Philippines
7 Oct 12
I am just so lucky , i lived in a place where water is not a problem and it is not that expensive also but still , i or we never wasted it. Water is life so we need to conserve and preserve it.
@prashu228 (22868)
• India
6 Oct 12
i heard of this rain water harvesting in Tamil Nadu, recently. we don't have any water problem at present . But what do you mean by "store water in a bucket in each rest room" here? storing water is okay , but what is the rest room? i am interested in storing rain water , but don't know the process, the other day i and my brother were talking about this , storing rain water. any idea of how to store rain water ?
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
prashu you are probably in Vizag -- you have good rains, also good rivers and there is less water shortage. Rest room -- i cited what we call bath room in India -- where we take bath and also toilet. hope you understand now. I am giving links for rain water harvesting-- in fact Hatley aunty living in california also told that they are also facing water shortage and rationing may come http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainwater_harvesting http://www.tn.gov.in/dtp/rainwater.htm pl go through these and if you want more deails please ask. i will tell you.
@prashu228 (22868)
• India
7 Oct 12
yes, the links are useful.
@beenice2 (2283)
• Canada
9 Oct 12
We don't have water shortage yet in Canada. But the rate that people uses it here is by gallons thinking that there is always going to be some even if they abuse it. It just take a serious drought to begin a delima.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
9 Oct 12
beenice yes. I also see we get water in Toronto without any problem. But I think cost of living is very high. A bread costs 3$. Average salary of some in Canada must be 4000$ or so and the rent is high at 800$+. People are managing because both husband and wife are working. I understand medical facilities are good.
@dorannmwin (36697)
• United States
9 Oct 12
This year we have had some water shortage in our area because of the fact that we didn't get as much rain during the spring and summer months as we usually get. However, the main difference that we notice because of water crises like this is that we are not allowed to water our plants and lawns. In addition to that, we are not able to fill up swimming pools and such. With that said, it doesn't mean that we can't turn on the faucet and get a glass of water or that we can't flush or shower. I've never experienced that in my life.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
9 Oct 12
dorannmwin yes. you are in a place where there is not acute water crisis and i wish it should continue so. 1) population is also not as much as it is in our place 2) there are a lot of water ponds which get filled in. yes. this discussion is more relevant for places where we have power cuts and water shortages. good day
@akagami (250)
• Indonesia
8 Oct 12
what you tell about this topic is good to discuss.we must clever how to use water and keep it safe.cause water is most important than food.water is our most precious life
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
9 Oct 12
akagami you are from Indonesia-- third populated country in thew world. yes. you may also be experiencing water shortages on account of this. it is advisable to keep reserve water for emergency use.
@Orson_Kart (4121)
• United Kingdom
6 Oct 12
Here in the UK it is rare that we have a water shortage. Earlier in the year we were officially in drought conditions. Laughably this lasted only weeks and since then we have been mainly in flood. All out potable water is used for not only drinking, but for washing and flushing the loos. Such a waste, and I hope that this will change in the future. I see it as nothing but a money making scheme for the water company owners to screw us. Once we realise this, things will be much better.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
7 Oct 12
Orson kart I understand. Yours is in the opposite of what is seen in India and other places suffering from water crisis. Yes. things may improve if people understand the usefulness of potable water and store/save it appropriately.
@Hatley (159378)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Oct 12
i ravi in the uS its not as bad but this summer many stated are in drou ght condition ant water rationing is going to have to be implemented. like taking shorter showers, not waterring gardens every da y. I ha ve seen homeowner turn on lawn sprinklers to to work, and the lawn is soaked so water is running down the street gutters and eventually into the Pacific. lost for our use. we here in California Southern part have not had any rain at all since April.water rationing has been installed in many cities so they cannot waste water washing cars, watering lawns for hours'and in the house letting water just run while you do dishes or wash your hands et c.we all can be more careful not to waste water.when I was growing up we had a well on the farm and we also saved rainwater. we used it to wash dishes,wash out hair, and odd things lie that we used our well water for the house,.artesian well water is so much tastier than city water,its got a fresh mineral like taste I always loved,ciy water here smells of chlorine
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
hatley aunty: Yes I had in mind your response wherein you said there is likely to be rationing of water. We take things for granted and do not store water for emergencies. it is advisable to store water for such use. In chennai we have had such problems-- we go inside the bathroom. the shower stops after some time. aunty--how is your health? i saw another posting of yours and could not post response because by that time my grandson wanted his movie to be played on laptop.
• Philippines
6 Oct 12
Yes we are storing water on the container. Because people in our house especially my dad, wanted to make sure that if ever we ran out of water, we still have water to use for. :)
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
yes. that is good. normally older generation is more careful and save money for future. same way storing water for future use is better. Even countries like usa, canada should adopt measures for storing of water. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainwater_harvesting pl go through this.
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
6 Oct 12
Uncle I have also this habit to store the water for drinking and bathing because if water is not store and line is gone then because we have boring not Govt tap. If not line means no water.. water storage habit is good..my FIL store the rain water for invertor's battery.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
surekha: yes. it is good to use rain water also. if we store water in bucket it will be of use during emergency situation. I think Nagpur you do not have water problem normally is it not?
@Kalyni2011 (3503)
• India
6 Oct 12
Ravi bhaiya We pump water from PHD tap to the water tank on roof of 2nd floor, but if there is no electricity, we can't , few days ago hubby was in toilet, he shouted from there, keep a bucket of water at the door; i did , he later said, there is no water in overhead tank, i could not wash; since then we keep water in all 4 toilets, in 100 liters jars
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
kalynimadam: See madam. The point I suggested is very important. thank god you were in the house that day. In fact similar practice can be adopted for kitchen items also like sugar, salt etc. where we cannot manage without these. I got this idea after Hatley aunty telling in one response that there may be water shortage in California also.
• Philippines
6 Oct 12
hi ravi, It's my habit to always put a water in a bucket specially on rest room for me it's important to do so if something came up and there is no water we can always have a stored one. happy mylotting
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
yes. you are philipines and you also follow the system we follow in chennai. Similarly when we go out of house we have to remember to take purse, cell phone.
• India
6 Oct 12
we are storing in water tank ony. but i saw a special type of storing in karnataka. that is they are making a special layer in their,i mean like a room, in their sitout area or car porch or in the kitchen. the layer is in underground. the roof of the layer is the floor of the kitchen. at the corner there is a small opening. so that we can take water manually also. i like the idea. the main benefit is we can save space
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
what sooraj says appears to be interesting., 1) steps should be taken to save water. 2) recycle water for use 3) people should be taught the importance of water for day to day life. 4) No water no life this point should be understood by all.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
6 Oct 12
Off late, water shortage is the least of our problems in my country. On the contrary, due to lots of rains, our water reservoirs are over filling, which had in a few times even resulted in disastrous floods. But we sometimes experience water shortage during the dry season. And most Filipinos do indeed have buckets of water in their bathrooms and toilets. Well, the traditional households that is. The modern ones don't have buckets anymore in their bathrooms, or anywhere in their house. But they do have their own water tanks outside.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
beamer Yes. in the water tanks we have a mechanism by which where the water level goes down automatically water is filled in. this is similar to water buckets inside houses.
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
6 Oct 12
We have water to use the whole year on campus unless something is wrong with the water pipe. It is very annoying when there is no water to use in the house. Just last month, something was wrong with the school water pipe, then we had no water to use for two days till they repaired it. When there is no water to use, it makes us think that it is better to save some water in a bucket for future use. So your suggestion is of great value, ravisivan.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
williamjirsir you are from china. China there is no water shortage. only problem is excess population. But you are managing well. thanks for accepting the suggestion. In usa and canada they do not know the use of buckets. yes. normally they do not store water in buckets.
@murkie (1105)
• Philippines
6 Oct 12
hello ravisivan. in our place, there is no water shortage. well, maybe there is, but i couldn't feel it. the only time the we run out of water is when there is a technical trouble at our pumps. but anyway, we also rarely use toilet paper for cleaning. so you could see buckets and pails and a low faucet in every toilet/bathroom. i live in the city, so that is how i am. but in some provinces in my country, i heard they also store rain water for general water use. i even heard of one community where they paint their roofs white, so that they could catch rainwater and use it for drinking.
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
6 Oct 12
murkie nice to know that there is no water shortage in your place. I am giving link of rain water harvesting http://www.tn.gov.in/dtp/rainwater.htm We have to see that pumps are serviced properly so that problems do not arise.
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