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As our extreme drought here enters the 4th month, Dale and I began wondering about the health of our well.
We didn’t have any indications it might be running low, but we wondered what would happen if we continued on this no rain path.
We had been used to conserving water when we first moved to Our Little House. Before we had our well dug, we had a large holding tank and had to have water trucked in.
While it wasn’t optimal, even when we just used Our Little House for weekends and holidays, it was what we could afford when we built.
After we moved here in 2007, we had the well dug and the company had to go much deeper than anyone anticipated.
Would it hold during an extreme drought?
I did some digging of my own and chances are that it will. The well is new enough and deep enough that it should be good for awhile anyway. I wish we had hooked up a gray water system, but we didn’t.
We did start re-employing our water conservation measures however, which include:
- Running just enough water to wash and then rinse all of the dishes, without continuously running the water or turning the faucet back on for every rinse by placing just enough water into two tubs.
- Shortening showers.
- Running water only when rinsing off hands or rinsing during brushing, instead of letting it run continuously.
- Using the “if it’s yellow….” flushing philosophy.
- Limiting soaking of plants.
- Only running full loads of clothes.
In the meantime, we have gotten some significant rains this past week. Not enough, but we’ll take what we can get and hope that we don’t see our faucets start sputtering air or milky looking water (signs that the well is going dry).
Most of the United States is in some degree of drought right now. Whether you have a well or not, water supplies are a major concern in many areas. Have you thought about conserving water?