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September 2009
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why yes, i *do* like the sound of my own voice [userpic]
The Boil-Order Apocalypse

Probably as a result of too much of something (SW? Alan Moore? Well, it sure ain't free time) I have spent I think the majority of my idle brain revolutions pondering ways that water can be made safe to drink. First I estimated the capacity of every container in my room (and neglected to fill any of them save one Nalgene, which I am now surveying as if it were precious material. Oh, and I did put water in my hot pot yesterday, since I doubted that I would have enough patience in the morning to wait for 7 minutes of boiling.)

Then I contemplated some interaction of water and the heating system. Could water pipes be made to run alongside steam pipes, and thus be sanitized? Would water taken from the steam system be safe?

Then, while washing my mug, I had a more practical idea (so I fancy, at least) - just crank all the hot water heaters up to 212. During the middle of the day, when no one showers, you could sterilize a LOT of water.


In all this, I have completely lost sight of the fact that the boil order is only 36 hours long (9 AM today to 9 PM tomorrow) and that furthermore, I am posessed of both a hotpot and a nice big soup pot, both of which can hold boiling water quite handily (I daresay even for 7 minutes.)

Though of course if I ever do fully register that fact, I will end up spending a lot of time making charts in my head of who to lend the hot pot and soup pot to, as well as worrying about how many boils a hot pot has in it before it gives out.

edit AND I just remembered that they get Culligan water in the PH. w00t w00t w00t to my boil-order survival skillz.

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That reminds me so much of China... where none of the water is safe, so in nice places, they have the big huge water coolers... but in smaller places and hotels, you boil water and pour it into giant thermoses that stay hot all day and you can make tea with it or wash with it. So in... more remote? less rich? areas, you constantly see these iron kettles sitting atop a tiny "stove" about a foot high and with enough room for one charcoal briquette boiling water to be poured into one of the large thermoses. Or in our dorm room, electric kettles.

If you lived in Moscow, where I spent tracts of my child- and young- adulthood, those skills would come in mighty useful :)