Welcome back to Manley Hot Springs, Alaska.
In this Part 6 we will show you how we manage water while up at our remote cabin 160 road miles West of Fairbanks, Alaska.
In order for each of us to survive as living beings, first and foremost, we must have air to breathe. No air, no human beings.
Right behind our need for air comes our need for water. Yes indeed, we can go far longer without water than we can without air, but water definately ranks number two in importance.
I'll stop here and not go into food and clothing and shelter with heat etc.
Up in remote interior Alaska, few cabins have running water. Yes indeed, some do have running water as a result of a water well within the confines of their cabin's footprint but most do not.
For our cabin we run by truck two miles to a community water well to fetch our water. In the winter, this is a real issue because at temperatures approaching minus 60°F one does not want to be running their vehicle. The answer in winter is to melt snow.
Not so in the warm weather months.
When I winter-up at the cabin, I can store just at one hundred fifty gallons of water. So I 'water-up' the cabin in the Autumn and when the snow flies, I simply have to produce 'make up water' to replace what I use.
Here we go to our community water well to 'water up the cabin' for our visit.
Basically I use ten, five gallon water jugs, that I fill at the well to transport water to the cabin. You can see them on the porch eagerly waiting to get-to-work ("It's what we do Dad").
Some times I take an addional 10 gallon stainless steel stock pot (in the right foreground of the below photo) to carry additional water.
Below you see our community water well house with our Chevrolet Suburban parked beside it. Our water is closely monitored by the State of Alaska for safety and quality.
On the left side of the well house you can see the blue hose that brings water up from the well into the containers we are using to haul water.
Below you see the above blue hose ready to fill our five gallon water jugs.
Just in case one of you is carefully following along here, when I have the ten gallon stainless steel stock pot along, I do not fill it to its capacity. I manouver the water hose into the back of the truck to fill it. Then I remove its water with a large dipper and a funnel into one gallon xerox jugs back at the cabin. So I don't have to lift it.
Looking at the below photos, you can see why I can no longer lift and carefully place 40 pound water jugs. My back simply will not 'stand for such straining'.
When I get back to the cabin, I back my truck right up to the porch. Thus I don't have to lift the water jugs very far to get them onto the porch where I will then transfer their water into one gallon Clorox Bottles.
Now comes the real work. I have to decant the water from the jugs into smaller containers (one gallon Clorox Bottles) that I can use on a daily basis to use the water.
First I fill the one gallon pitchers with water from the water jug. Then I fill each one gallon Clorox Bottle.
On the odd chance one of you is interested, I have 32 of the one gallon Clorox Bottles. They are each numbered from 1 up to 32. I then empty and use them in numerical order because I want to keep the water circulating and not allow it to possibly stagnate.