Water Woes

January 23, 2009

If you’ve got animals, you’ve got to provide water. In winter, that can sometimes get to be a problem since it’s got to be water, not ice.

When we first moved here, I used to chop ice out of buckets in the cold weather. Then we invested in heated buckets, and that made things a lot easier. However, that only keeps what water that’s already in there from freezing. Sooner or later the buckets need refilled.

If it’s only cold for a day or two, I can wait until the water hoses are thawed out and use them. But when it stays cold day after day, there finally comes a point when I have to carry water.

Yesterday I was about to that point, but the weather was warmer, and I was hoping to be able to use the hoses by mid-afternoon. I got busy and ended up going out a little later than planned. Mistake! 

When I walked towards the wellhouse to turn on the faucet, an unwelcome site met my eyes… there was a big puddle of water in front of the wellhouse, and streams of water gushing out of the two drain holes a few inches from the bottom.


I didn’t take this until later, and the water wasn’t gushing so much.

 Not good.

I hollered for the Cave Geek to come help me move the lid off the top of the wellhouse and we peered in. Water a few inches deep and gushing up from somewhere.  In a panic, I called The Farmer.  Easy temporary solution … flip the circuit breaker so the pump doesn’t keep bringing up more water.


As you can see the water is almost gone. The arrow puts to the problem – a cracked piece of pipe.

It took us a while to find the right circuit breaker to flip, but the water is all drained out.  This afternoon The Farmer crawled in and out of the wellhouse a few times – giving those new knees a workout! – and figured out what he needed to fix the problem.  He went to the store and bought his supplies, and hopefully tomorrow he’ll be able to fix it easily, and without raindrops falling on his head!

Cause we’ve had enough water in that wellhouse already!

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