My advice for surviving a water outage:
1. Ideally, you will have already taken a shower and finished doing laundry BEFORE the water stops coming. If you haven't, go with the old ponytail-that-covers-a-multitude-of-sins and save the laundry for tomorrow.
2. Try not to be in the middle of cooking a big lunch when the water goes out, or you will have to stack up the dirty dishes and let the grime dry to a crisp while you wait for water to come on again. If you become hungry, go to a restaurant or eat snacks that don't require dirty dishes.
3. Locate a bathroom within walking distance that has water service. For us, this is the bathroom at WalMart. Unless Walmart loses water at the same time as your apartment, which has also happened. Then you're out of luck.
4. Before your water shuts off, anticipate and be prepared for such an event, and save a big water bottle (We buy our drinking water in 8 liter bottles) full of tap water in your storage room instead of recycling the bottles when they're empty, so that you have some water at least. Or you could just buy a huge water bottle if the need is great, but they're not super cheap, so avoid if you can.
5. Go to work, where there is water. Stay there a long time, enjoying their faucets that work.
6. Do not play basketball after work, but before discovering that you have no water. Avoid sweating at all costs.
7. Reminisce about the good old days when you had water and how awesome that was.
8. When the water does come on, do not instantly jump into the shower with joy. Run the shower and all faucets until the water stops coming out muddy and orange. You do not want to be covered in that stuff, believe me.
Have fun, and may your water always work!
In recent history, we've had the internet, the electricity, and the water go out. The internet went out for a 5 day stretch last week, but the electricity has only ever gone out for an hour or two since we've been at this apartment. Which do you think would be the hardest for you to live without?