Friday, June 24, 2016

Standpipe: Delivering Water In Flint

A case of water is about thirty pounds.  Stacking reduces storage footprint but amplifies structural load in one small area.  It also exerts pressure on the bottom most cases increasing the risk of leakage and accrued water damage.  Redistribute your water.  Don’t stack the cases too high.  I say this to people living in tiny bungalows, shot gun houses and ramshackle mobile homes.  Floor space is devoted to entertainment centers, oxygen tanks and pumps, coffee tables, sofas, recliners, toys, appliances, walkers, king size beds, bureaus, hospital beds, book cases, grandfather clocks,  hassocks, dining tables and chairs.  Counter space goes to coffee makers, blenders, toasters, pots and pans, food containers, utensils, glassware and bottles.  The rest is a warren of negative space, narrow pathways to back bedrooms, bathrooms and front and side doors.  Staircases leading upstairs, to basements hold shoes, boxes, stacks of paper, boxes of canned food, paper products and laundry.  Cases of water, like a breeding pair of rabbits, can swamp a dwelling in no time.  The amount of water required weekly depends on the number of people under one roof.  Summer heat doubles need.  No man is an island except here, a people surrounded by water. 

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