August 8th, 2013  |  Filed under Playa Tips

PSA: How Much Water Should I Bring to Burning Man?

August 8th, 2013  |  Filed under Playa Tips
Ah yeah - the good stuff! (Photo by  de:Benutzer:Alex Anlicker - Creative Commons license)

Ah yeah – the good stuff!
(Photo by de:Benutzer:Alex Anlicker – Creative Commons license)

Many Burning Mans ago Chicken John walked around the desert and pounded some free-standing water spigots into the ground.  They weren’t attached to anything, of course:  it’s a dry lake bed, and there aren’t utility pipes for miles.

But people still walked up to them, held their canteens underneath, and turned the spigot … expecting something to happen.  They stared at it for 10, 20 seconds, waiting, wondering “Why isn’t the water coming?” before it finally dawned on them:  “oh yeah, no water.  Anywhere.”  I’ve seen video.  It’s hilarious.

But – true fact – people need water to survive.  And there isn’t any at Burning Man … unless you bring it!

But people often wonder:  “how much water should I bring?”

Fortunately we have the answer right here in our latest Public Service Announcement from Caveat and BMIR!


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Caveat is the Volunteer Coordinator for Media Mecca at Burning Man is Burning Man’s leading interpreter of Sea Chanties.  His opinions are in no way statements of the Burning Man organization. Contact him at Caveat (at)

5 Responses to “PSA: How Much Water Should I Bring to Burning Man?”

  1. BigO Says:

    Hilarious! Perhaps a super-computer is in order.

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  2. The Wizard Says:

    TLDR; one gallon minimum per person, per day.

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  3. Ken Says:

    6*(1+1.5+3*(2/16))-24*(6/128)*0.75 = 16.40625 gallons, assuming 1 unit of apple juice has the hydration equivalent of 3/4 unit of water.

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  4. MamaKitte Says:

    A veteran burner years ago shared with me one way to use a lot less water. Bring one of those pumping sprayers (found in the garden section of the department store) for rinsing dirty dishes. You get all the water pressure you need, and use hardly any water at all (and create a LOT less grey water to carry home) to get your dishes clean.

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  5. chimichanga Says:

    haha perfect! you’ll figure it out by the end!

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