Life without WATER

In the past couple of months we have had some awesome storms that have dropped 1″-3″ of rain within an hour which is very unusual for the summer months in this part of Virginia.  I think everyone is thankful for the rain except for the farmers which includes us.  By this time we are normally finished with our first cutting of hay all over the farm but we’re only half finished.  Looks like the rest of this week will be the same scenario.

Spent the morning moving hay off of the field across the road.  We only have 487 bales to move (seven at a time)!!

Spent the morning moving hay off of the field across the road. We only have 487 bales to move (seven at a time)!!

The biggest problem we’ve had this year with the rain is not the hay season though!!  About two weeks ago we had one of those major storms that dropped about 3″ of rain in about thirty minutes.  Shortly after that storm we noticed our drinking water was cloudy but thought it would clear up.

Cloudy glass of water

Cloudy glass of water

The next morning it wasn’t cloudy, it was muddy brown/yellow.

Yellow/brown water in the white bathroom sink.

Yellow/brown water in the white bathroom sink.

This has continued and after talking with the gentleman that dug the well almost twelve years ago, he told us that the rainfall we have had in the last two months has opened up a seam in the well and it’s a common occurrence.  He told us to run the water day and night until it clears up.  He said as long as the well is full of water and pumping the well pump will be fine.

Ice cold water running out on the ground.

Ice cold water running out on the ground.

We've run the water off and on now for over a week and heading into our second week.

We’ve run the water off and on now for over a week and heading into our second week.

So, that’s what we are doing and our daughter is helping us carry container’s of water for drinking and cooking from her house.  Since finding out about ours, we’ve heard that a couple other people in our area are going through the same thing.

This kind of hinders all the inside cleaning I wanted to do.  It’s halted laundry!  We can take a shower and feel clean but if I start turning muddy looking I sure hope someone will tell me!  😉

6 responses to “Life without WATER

  1. Boy thought it would have cleared up by now. Hoping it does soon!!

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  2. I need to send you my lucky star! Sigh.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  3. when my father built our house NC in 1947 someone dug the water well by hand (with pick and shovel and pulled up with a windlass). Later when we prepared to raise chickens 3,000 then 5,000 at a time, we had a well drilled (nearby) using a drilling rig. Is yours a hand dug well? – any fracking in that area?

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    • No fracking in our area that I know of-no coal mines. We had a hand dug well we used the first month we lived it and I ran it dry doing Uncle Holl’s laundry and ours pretty quick. Eddie had a new dug right quick and went 180 ft to make sure we would never run out. We have only had water issues this year and think it was due to the heavy rains we had all summer.

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  4. Rita
    That is not good news – the bloody weather can be a real
    “pain in the Arse” at times. Moving those 487 bales of hay
    off the fields would cause you some unnecessary worries.
    Fingers crossed that the sun cooperates and that they will be totally
    dried out for safe covering – I suppose into a barn??
    Any bloody moisture and it is a case of “OH SHIT”!!!

    I am sure you are not smelly – not funny for you, I suppose.
    Strange but the weather here for the past 4 days would be
    perfect for that hay to dry and we are in WINTER!!! Ironic, isn’t it?

    Got you long detailed e-mail report, will answer either
    tomorrow or Thursday – I promise.

    Buck up – the house cleaning can wait, but I bet your
    home is immaculately clean.
    Cheers mate
    Your Aussie mate
    Colin

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  5. Hope things get better soon!

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