[Homestead] water! was Re: Farm Update
Sage Austin | Eureka! Design
eureka at hctc.net
Mon Oct 12 13:25:39 EDT 2009
Hey all--I'm happy to report we measured again this weekend (it's been
drizzling) and **finally** we have 2-1/2 feet of water in the bottom of
our pioneer well. I don't think this is a lot, but at least it is
something. Having never run out of water before, and not knowing the
present recharge rate (seems slow) this is kind of like finding gold, we
don't want to spend it too soon!
Last week I contracted with a bottled spring water company to deliver
drinking water every three weeks. They were amazed at how much I wanted
for a 2 person household, but all we drink is water, tea, and coffee. It
was so luxurious last night to actually take a very brief hot indoor
shower without the smell of rotten eggs!
Our plan is to keep track of the rainfall, our use of the water, and the
water level on a daily basis until we develop an understanding of how
it's working. I would love to run a load of laundry, but not at the
expense of my shower! BTW, our well turned out to be 45 deep, a little
deeper than we were told. We also lowered a candle and it didn't burn
out. I'm wondering if we should go down in there to dig it out a little
deeper while it is still knee deep? Probably a lot of gravel from past
floods at the bottom. Any spelunkers out there with advice?
Way Out in Texas
> Didn't know that.
> I do remember as a kid one of the neighbors did have plumbing in their house. They collected rainwater off the roof, which went into wooden barrels that had lids on them. I do remember algae in those barrels (this was north of Chicago so not deep south). Maybe there were times when the lid wasn't on? Don't know.
> I just remember seeing it whenever I was visiting and my then 12 year old girlfriend would go fetch water from the barrel and then boil the water on the stove before we made anything to drink.
> Leslie wrote:
>> Don't forget to factor in cost for the pool.... cost of chemicals to
>> keep the water from turning green.
> Block the light and you eliminate the problem.
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