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Old 09-25-2016, 08:12 AM
 
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Hands down, I would rather live for 2 weeks without electricity.

I am EXPERIENCED in this: we have had floods, and the "100 year flood" and the "500 year Flood" and several times have been without electricity for up to 8 days.

We still had running city water, and with a pilot light water heater, so we had hot water too.

Being without electricity gets old quickly, especially when you rely on machines like CPAP and an oxygen generator. I just had to deal with my own snoring and deal with the stand by O2 tanks they supply when your power is out for an extended period of time. Being summer or early fall, it cAN GET difficult without the A/C and filtered air {I am asthmatic} one is used to. Relying on radio for local news is sketchy at best these days.

But all in all, one can DEAL.

It WAS nice to have hot and cold running water though!

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Old 09-25-2016, 09:06 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Right now would need electricity because we need the AC. If it wasn't for that, I would choose to go without electric. Water we could live without though it would be real inconvenient. Would need to buy the gallons of water from Walmart to do cooking and such.
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:52 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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ater we could live without though it would be real inconvenient. Would need to buy the gallons of water from Walmart to do cooking and such.
You are missing the point.
Buying water at WalMart is NOT going without water....
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:35 AM
 
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I think I'd choose electricity, due to food storage and food prep. Lights and entertainment are secondary, but I really like having a freezer and refridgerator.

This is assuming I can get access to water in some way, even if less convenient than having indoor plumbing. My father grew up in a household like this; they had electricity for lights and appliances, but had no central heat, no plumbing. They got their drinking water by hauling buckets from a spring that was a 5 minute walk down the road. There was a yard pump they used for baths, and an oddly rigged-up outdoor shower.
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:44 AM
 
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If I have reached a point where I have to choose between water and electricity, it would probably be a sign that I either need to reevaluate my life choices or find a better place to live.
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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Electricity hands down. Would like to be able to flush the toilets!
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I would choose to have electricity. I know where I can find water.
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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If I have reached a point where I have to choose between water and electricity, it would probably be a sign that I either need to reevaluate my life choices or find a better place to live.
Everywhere I've lived, the power has gone out for one reason or another. It may have been for a few hours or days.
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:13 AM
 
Location: 2016 Clown Car...fka: Wisconsin
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This really is an interesting question because those of us that had homes in rural areas also had drilled wells. So if electricity was out many would also lose their ability to have water. With that said, a smart rural homeowner would certainly have a backup generator (we had two) AND a stash of potable water (we had WaterBricks) for just such an emergency.

If however, the original poster is speaking in a 'pure' sense, the answer is simple: I would rather live without electricity. Humans will die without access to potable water.

~RVcook
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Old 09-26-2016, 11:01 AM
 
Location: USA
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I would choose to have electricity. I know where I can find water.


Same here. I am very, very fond of my indoor plumbing
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