Running a 55 gallon drum of water into household pipes
I’m on a well, so when the power goes out, I don’t have any water. The power company shut off the power to work on the lines today, so I decided to test out my backup water scenario. I installed a water faucet in the side of a 55 gallon barrel, at the bottom. The drum had been used for food previously. I sanitized it with bleach and water, emptied it out and then filled it with water from the well. (For long term storage, I’ll use 5 drops of bleach per gallon in the water according to this site’s recommendation.) I closed the valve between the well and the house and connected a 5/8″ RV water hose to a faucet on the outside of the house. I opened the faucets on both the tank and the house. The bottom of the barrel is 4′ above the level of the house. I wasn’t expecting lots of pressure, but the toilet tank takes about 3 hours to refill, yet I can get a gallon of water from the bathroom sink, which is about 6″ higher, in about 3 minutes. I can fill a bucket from the sink to flush the toilet, but why does the toilet take so long to fill? By the way, with the hose not attached to the house, I get a very strong flow out of the barrel.