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Saturday, March 30, 2013

WATER OUTAGES - How to be Prepared for when the WATER gets SHUT OFF • OUTAGES • TURNED OFF • GOING OUT in Costa Rica - HINTS

Costa Rica is such a "GIFT" to us to remind us of the "Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do THIS SECOND" quote since it's not unusual for the Water and/or Electricity TO go off SUDDENLY for HOURS with NO notice (heck - you never know when the next big earthquake is going to hit here!).

I think one of the KEY WORDS about living in Costa Rica with more EASE and less "Victimhood" is -



When I had the guest house I learned to be prepared at ALL times so I had a BIG 5 gallon bottle (of tap water) PLUS a 1 or 2 liter bottle that I kept under the bathroom sink (or I'd pull it out to next to the toilet in times of need/use) for whatever purpose I needed it for
•  If the water went out - I'd pull out the 5 gallon bottle and put it next to the toilet and I bring in a smaller/medium pot with a handle to use for scooping water out for the "When it's Brown - flush it down" times (vs the "When it's Yellow - be Mellow" [do you get that concept??  I've had many friends not hear of that before - meaning - if it's just pee/urine - to show your love for Mother Earth - you do NOT flush every time - BUT - when it's "brown" - poop - flush [it down])..
•  I have it if I need a quick wash of the bod.
•  I put the 1-2 liter bottles on the sink for brushing my teeth, face and hands.
•  Get the Baby “Wipes” out for emergencies.d
•  I also had bottles of hand anti-bacterial gel I'd pull out and put by the sinks for those times!!!

•  In the Kitchen I had one of those 3 gallon bottles I'd put on the counter by the sink and put a big container in the sink to soak dirty dishes, etc. to wash later. 
•  I always had two 5 gallon bottles for "just in case" - one had good drinkable water (and I changed that every few months - just in case) and one that had tap water that I used for whatever I needed.
•  Set aside a tub of water to have by the kitchen sink to do dishes
•  I also had bottles of hand anti-bacterial gel I'd pull out and put by the sinks for those times!!!

•  No washing clothes that the day (and after the water goes back on, it may be a few hours/the next day before you have full pressure since everyone else will be trying to catch up!!

•  Make sure to have water set out for your animals!

•  Be forewarned that this will effect your housekeepers job (especially if she's the type that mops the floors 3-4+ times a day) and your plans for the day - especially any plans for eating out in those areas!!

Having things ready for sudden outages/emergencies sure helped me keep calm when it happened (and it DID QUITE a few times!!  ESPECIALLY during Dry Season when we had some variation of Water Rationing/Droughts going on) as I was PREPARED - EVEN the day I had a workshop with over 40 attendees for 4 hours!!


Be Prepared with what to do when the ELECTRICITY GOES OUT in Costa Rica (& it DOES!!) - HINTS




in Costa Rica!!!!  LOTS of resources & hints!!!


What do YOU DO to be
Prepared for loss of Electricity or Water -
or to Show YOUR Love for Mother Earth???

Please "Share" your hints/thoughts/experiences on what does/does not work for you in the "Comments" below AND email me at LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com so I can add it to this article!!


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