“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water” Benjamin Franklin
I can attest to that. On Saturday afternoon, our water stopped working. We didn’t know if it was the pump in the well or if the well had gone dry. A frightening proposition – since digging a new well would be very expensive and not very convenient – at all. Replacing a pump could be expensive as well but wouldn’t involve excavation of our yard and trying to find water!
I am very lucky. My husband is a fix-it-guy. He knows a thing or two about a thing or two. And if he doesn’t know, he can figure it out. He exhausted every avenue he could think of to get the water back on. Time to call in the big guns. Just up the hill from my home lives my uncle, the plumber/fix it guy. If you call him, you don’t have to wait hours for his arrival. Within minutes, he cheerfully arrives at my door. He goes through the same steps my husband did and determines it is probably the pump. Also, luckily, we know a family of excavators – they installed the first pump – they are moments away as well. We were not placed on a waiting list, we didn’t have to make an appointment. They arrived on Monday morning and two hours later, we had a new pump and water running freely!
We spent exactly 44 hours (and a few minutes) without water. Until you are “waterless”, you have no idea how much you rely on it. You can drink bottled water – a lot of people do – but there is washing dishes, clothes, your hands, brushing your teeth, taking a shower and most importantly: flushing the toilet! FLUSHING THE TOILET! You can do without a lot of things…but you really do need to flush that toilet.
Countless times, you walk to the sink and turn on the water – nothing. Then you remember. You also begin to monitor, very carefully, how much fluid you consume and how often you will be vacating your bladder. Things you, normally, wouldn’t give a second thought. (And we won’t even talk about vacating anything else!) And since you don’t “flush” with each use (saving on water use), the bathroom takes on an unpleasant urinary type odor. Too much information? Sorry – wanted to give you the full effect.
I am also very fortunate in that I live across the field from my sister. As soon as we knew we would be without water for awhile, my husband loaded up our truck with every receptacle we owned and filled them at her house. We had jugs available in each bathroom for “flushing”. On day 2, I was able to shower in her lovely new and very warm bathroom. If we had been without water for any length of time, they would graciously have opened their home and bathroom to us for as long as we needed.
My husband and I were elated to have our water back on. We looked at the water with renewed adoration. I sang a happy tune as I did a load of laundry. He took a nice long hot shower and washed twice! We are so grateful for our water. Even more grateful for our wonderful neighbors!!! THAT is why we live here.