My foundational premise from which all others follow: Water is absolutely essential for life. So it commands a disproportionate cost in endurance situations.
I'm still toying with a bigger tank idea if for nothing else but lower cycling of the pump and a statistical increase in the chances of more water on hand. Still, its hard to manage a resource if you don't know how much you may have of it.
I do store 10-15 gallons and rotate them as my refrigerated drinking water (no stagnation there
) So for one there's 2 weeks +-. Ok. But I've got a well full. How much for an additional % of capacity? That was my second premise. You guys help clairify the answer within my contraints of comfort vs. convienience limited by cost.
I've spent several hours reviewing Google water stagnation searches. Sometimes you can "get away with" long term potable storage, but your dealing with a thriving microbiological world. Unforseeable and unknown cause oopses routienly happen. You'll hear about the boil order for some municipality, I doubt you'd ever hear about a individual's incident. Academically it seems to be a "problem" of some interest. There are numerous studies in real world applications to review on the net.
Somewhat oversimply stated either stored potable water must be pre treated in approprate containers then discarded after X time or stagnation _must_ be avoided. The "experts" disagree on the _quantity_ of the time factor, but all the agree stagnation time is a factor that cannot be safely _ignored_. One year dosen't appear routinely contradicted but more than two does (entirely a subjective quantification on my part based on my limited reading).
Even in chlorinated stagnated storage systems where the chlorine levels _measured_ at effective levels, I've read two studies that detected pathenogenic bacteria at unhealty levels. Statistics of risk are hard to come by since any such study is costly and complex and hundereds would have to be done to make such an assessment. Allow _any_ slop and the results are meaningless. So as in all things YMMV (you either believe them at face value based on the institutions credibility, or not).
I can't think of a less desirable situation than to be dependent on your chosen emergency water supply and then get sick from it. The "comfort" factor drops to ZERO for such a possibility so the avoidance factor must be increased proportionally. Mathematically this equates to infinity to balance the equation, but since no such number exists it simply means its not a viable solution in my way of thinking.
Sill the paradox persists, a well full of water and how to access it cheaply enough to justify the investment for a hopefully very infrequent event. I just need the right type of valve...
John K. Bullock
Yup the cost factor IS VERY high. The quantities of water stored quite small. The comfort factor... could be within budget. So the thinking goes.
You may be missing some of Honda's newer generator specs. If you in the market its time to compairson shop again.
In my case I'd need 27A to start my pump as measured at the panel. And then you have to feed such a beast. And yup, quarterly start-ups, annual maintenance. Except for a BIG bucks system, in my equation the convienence factor has been lost.
I can endure stand alone a few days. A few weeks with additional outside resources brought in. IMO beyond that it becomes more of a survival situation and I'd be knocking on my brother's front door. I'm still owed for a _year_ of weekends I spent helping him with his basement remodel, you could live down there now.
Not trying to be evasive. All of the positive suggestions I've been given here are are sound. Its clear to me I was looking for something that isn't there to be had (in the way I wanted it). But maybe still invented... there's a market for one (1) if I can get it cheaply enough.
John K. Bullock