From the JRS, May 4:
GERLACH GENERAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT TO SELL WATER IN 2011
Sherry "Trixie" Carter, who runs the Gerlach Burning Man office (and lives in Gerlach year round), wrote in to let us know that the Gerlach General Improvement District will be selling water to Burners again this year. Details to follow in a later edition.
We did this last year. AND IT KICKED ASS!
We had the 100 gallons in the RV, and a couple of the 7gallon blue jugs. Also, we got to the water fill up place around 11am I think. It wasn't super crowded but we did have to wait like 10 minutes for our turn.
1) There had been a set rate per gallon, but the kind lady running the show said 'I've been charging big RV's $75 flat rate.' It was lower than what we had originally anticipated. Through the whole trip there I averaged about 9-11mpg in our big ass old RV. Everyone was telling me I'd be lucky to get like 6 or 7, and I think the reason is that we left Denver with about 5 gallons in the water tank- not 100. I figured that we saved way more than $75 bucks in gas by not having the water the whole 1200 miles.
2) It was like a little mini party at the water place! We met a lot of really cool folks hanging out waiting for their turn to fill up.
1) Not toooo hard to find, but not exactly easy. From what I was told its 'behind the high school' -doesn't mean anything to me, cause I have no idea where the high school is.
BUT, when you pass through Gerlach, on 447 and there is that little Shell station on the right, that always has a huge line of cars. You make the right turn right after that. There will be signs the whole way too. You go around the football field, then make a left. Just follow the signs. Once you find the place, its only like 5 minutes off the main road.
2) It took a while to fill up our 100 gallon tank. Like 30 minutes. But out little blue 7 gallon jugs filled right up quickly.
They had one hose bib connected to a splitter, with two hoses coming off, each connected to a little water meter thing that told them how much water had passed through (thats how they would have charged you if you were paying by the gallon).
On another note, I had emailed the kind lady weeks before to confirm that everything was all good. She gave me her number and told me that if I did get there on Sunday to call here when I was 20 minutes away and she'd meet us there.
When we got there Monday late morning, she said that someone had been there selling the water consistently since Sunday morning, and that the on call shift turned into a full on 24/7 shift. Last year they were not ready for that much traffic on Sunday- I'd imagine they would be this year.
Me and my camp mates rejoiced when the JRS said City of Gerlach announced they will be selling water again this year. It saved us fortunes in gas, and made the drive so much easier with out 800lbs of water behind the back axle.