Over the holiday weekend we went out to the Farm to spend time with the extended family. My siblings were all in town, which is rare since one of them lives rather far away.
But this weekend, everyone was in town, and a great time was had by all. Except for one minor problem. The water ran out at a most inopportune time. The evening after a nice and warm work day.
The water is currently provided by a drilled well into a normal pressure tank system. The well generally holds about 400 gallons of water, and yields about 1.5 gallons per minute or so.
It’s got a simple switch that turns the pump on and off, but that switch goes into fail mode when the pressure drops too far to protect the well pump. Getting it running again requires a manual override.
So at around 4pm or so, the water pressure in the house dropped off to nothing. Sure enough, the switch was off, and there was no pressure left in the tank.
Long story short, there was a break in a garden hose down by the chicken coop that went unnoticed all day. It poured water out as fast as it could considering the size of the hose. This wasn’t faster than the pump could handle, but was faster than the well filled.
Simply a matter of time until the flow exhausted the water in the well and the pump shut off.
So here we are with ten adults, fifteen or so kids, and no running water. And none to come for several hours until the well recharged enough to fill up the system with some room to spare.
The Moral Of The Story
No matter how reliable you think your water supply is, you MUST have spare water onhand. Even if it’s just water bottles, or something like that, you need to have something there.
I’m sure it wouldn’t have been a very fun time if my folks didn’t have water stored that we could use for flushing toilets and drinking until the water was restored.
And I can just imagine how bad it would have been if it had been more than just a few hours. If it had been a couple days, well, that wouldn’t have been pretty. At all.
So store water. Three days worth, at least. And do it today. Peace of mind and all that…