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Living in Swaziland, southern Africa without running water in our house. Yahoo! I had seen an idea before, but can't locate an image now. Looking for a sink that you "load" water into and can empty occasionally. The one I had seen didn't even use a faucet. Something like a jar/old yoghurt/container thang? Any ideas? Links and images welcome. Thanks!

***Edit: I was hoping for a HAND washing station. Although any other type of hand-washing stations are awesome!***
 
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Hi N! Welcome to Permies!

Alas, I don't know the picture you're referring to but I wanted to give you a "shout out" as someone who used to live in Maseru, Lesotho!

As for the "no running water" laundry methods - there are several:

Using a simple bucket and plunger (note you can modify a regular plunger or buy a plunger made specifically for laundry)

http://homemadeuniversity.blogspot.com/2012/08/finally-how-to-make-bucket-and-plunger.html


http://www.bestdryingrack.com/hand-washing-clothes.html


 
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Is this the sort of thing you mean?

You put water in the wash-bowl at the top and there's a plug which lets it drain into the bucket for emptying.



Ours is on blocks as we're a bit taller than the average Portuguese.

Garden gnome is optional.
 
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Oh....washing station - for like face and hands....!!

Burra - that gnome is essential to the design and function of that system
 
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Burra Maluca wrote:Is this the sort of thing you mean?

You put water in the wash-bowl at the top and there's a plug which lets it drain into the bucket for emptying.



Ours is on blocks as we're a bit taller than the average Portuguese.

Garden gnome is optional.



Yes. This is great. What about the pouring? I'm thinking I have really dirty hands from gardening and would love to not have to pick up the bucket/bottle/water-holding device, any simple engineers out there? Like a bucket, with a hole on the side that I can bump with my less-dirty arm, to tip it, pouring water onto my hands. Am I dreaming here folks? Thanks so far everyone!
 
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You could use a version of a "tippy tap"

 
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At the moment I just pour water in from a 5 litre plastic bottle, but I'm going to upgrade it soon.

This was the first 'system' we had to supply running water into the house last year. That little metal tank holds about 30 litres and there's a flexible pipe which feeds through the wall into the kitchen. It was filled using either a bucket or a watering can.



We've upgraded the system now so that little tank is free again and I might rig it up for the out-door washstand.

 
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Our rainbarrel/garden tool hanger setup is plumbed to a sink and to a spigot for attaching the hose or filling buckets. It's great for washing vegetables and removing other chore dirt without going inside.
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I tried out a tippy tap at our camping shelter in October. I followed the instructions from this site:

Build Your Own Tippy Tap

Instead of digging in sticks as the side supports, I found trees that were close enough together, and used an old iced tea jug someone left. Next time, I would melt the drip hole on the edge of the front (instead of the center) so that the drip doesn't hit the string that's attached to the foot lever/stick.




 
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The are these water dispensers all over the place here. You push the metal rod hanging down to the side and water comes out. (Or up, if you want a lot of water.)
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