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My home has what's known here as hauled water. I have a buried 1500 gallon tank, and water is either delivered by a service ($.08/gallon) or I can get a 200 or so gallon tank and pick up water at a water station ($.005/gallon) or use small 5 gallon jugs and fill myself at $.025 per gallon. Since I don't have a big tank, and will move soon to a house with a well, the first decision was to go with the service to deliver water. Total cost assessment has to consider investment in equipment (tank, truck or trailer, gas for multiple trips) and time vs using the service. It would take several years to net savings to set up for hauling my own water--so not worth it. Second is water conservation. So, I find many ways to avoid wasting water. In the summer, I collect rainfall and all outside watering comes from saved rain. Any kitchen operation gets analyzed, and results look like this: morning coffee water is first from the tap which is turned to hot (My hot water tank is purged each summer, so no nasties there). Any cool water remaining goes into the watering can for plants. The first warm water heats the coffee pot (a thermos) first, then the carry cup which is also thermal, then goes into the pan to poach my morning egg. After the egg is poached, that hot water is used for the last time to wash the morning dishes. So, about five cups of water from the faucet satisfy the entire morning breakfast from coffee making to washing up.
Can you beat that?