Water Troubles

I knew that this wasn’t going to be a good week when last Wednesday I didn’t wake up to the sound of my husband’s car driving off to work, instead I hear his voice saying “We need to call a plumber.  We don’t have any water”  Hmmm…. That can’t possibly be good

Since it was only about 4am, I didn’t see the point in calling a plumber yet, so I went back to sleep, but things kept percolating.  When the kids got up at 6, I went outside and opened up the well faucet.  Nothing.  Uh-oh, that’s REALLY not good.

“Honey, we don’t need to call a plumber.  We need to call the well guy” Large sums of money start floating through my mind. My Grandma (who happens to be my next door neighbor) had to fix her pump a few months ago and I didn’t even want to think about the amount of money that was going to mean.  Worse than that. I didn’t know when they would be able to get here to fix it.  And well, we didn’t have any water.

I can not tell you how precious water becomes when it does not flow from a tap into your house.  You don’t realize how many times a day you use water, or turn on the tap without even thinking about it.  If I need to wash my hands, or the dishes, or get a drink, the tap doesn’t work  It’s like when the internet goes down, only worse.

My Grandma lives next door and I carried in a few buckets of water from her outside tap so we could flush toilets, and I boiled water on the stove so I could wash some of the dishes that were piled on the counter (man I wish I was a better house keeper and had done these ahead of time).  We got some jugs of drinking water to tide us over, and settled in for however long it would take to fix it.  I began to feel a great solidarity with my fore-mothers who lived without running water all of their lives, and with the many women the world over who do this every day.  It was a very humbling experiance.

Of course, I had the luxury uf using paper plates and disposable diapers, but I’m afraid that all yarn recycling was put on hold until water flowed from the faucets again

It has been almost a week since then and we finally have water again.  Apparently we had a leak due to the dirt settling around the well tap.  This leak then flooded into the system and shorted out the main power cord to the pump.  Both have been fixed and my front yard looks like a war zone with all of the mounds of freshly dug up dirt.  I took a bath this morning and luxuriated in it.  I washed a load of laundry in my washing machine and rejoiced.  I plan to recycle some yarn later and consider that a great joy.  Hurray for hot running water!

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One Response

  1. I’m glad it’s finally working again – I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to be without water!

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