Clean, fresh water
The recent, and continuing, rains had me thinking about using rainwater for general washing and cleaning, saving the boats main water supply even more.
First off, I got a water butt and immediately tried filling it from water off of the front deck. While this worked efficiently, unsurprisingly, the water I collected is just too dirty to use for anything.
My next move will be to build a plinth for the water butt to stand on, then set about filtering the rainwater I'm collecting.
I'm thinking that Brita filters connected to the pipework somehow (probably with duct tape) will do the job with the least hassle.
I'm not after drinking water, just clean water for washing hands and stuff on the boat, so the filters should last for ages.
When it doesn't rain I could augment this supply with water brought across from the marina, if need be. That way my main water tank is kept clean and healthy, with no risk of contamination, and I have plenty of clean washing water.
Of course the best thing is for me to travel more with Lady Jane, and use the on board water maker I'm planning to buy, or fill up at places we stop in at.
Reality check - we are going nowhere until that port side is painted!