Well, now that the drought is over, we wondered why we still didn't have good water pressure. Last fall, we had major plumbing problems with very little water flow, and simultaneously our basement shower that backed up with sewage every night! It fell to Zane to snake it nearly every evening, and we got by with minimal water usage. After snaking for nearly two months, he pulled up a sock that was so aged with sewage it looked like a dinosaur dropping or some other totally disgusting archaic, rotten relic. Yuck. But, the shower did stop backing up. Yeah...I know...how did that sock get in there? The only explanation is that our kids clean the house once a week, and somebody dropped, then flushed a 'cleaning rag' aka sock, down the toilet.
We wrote-off the lack of water pressure to the drought...until now.
Destiny, our 14 y.o., was endowed by her Creator with the best eyes for observating anything out of the normal. This morning as she was heading toward the house after feeding livestock, she noticed a stream of water running down the driveway to the north of the house. This, she surmised, was more than just the runoff of melting snow. Upon closer examination, she and Zane noticed what they thought was probably a burst underground ,leaking a good amount of water up to the surface.
Zane, never one to shirk from mud duty, started shoveling a trench in the area after lunch. We had to shut off the water...how sad, I couldn't do the lunch dishes or laundry! After my husband and I finished reviewing our tax documents together, he headed out to help shovel. I guess digging mud is better than tax work.
I was concerned that the water would be off overnight. Thankfully, my mud drenched husband just peeked in the back door and said they found the source of the leak. A coupler had been installed (one we had laying around that just happened to be the perfect size/type - thank you Jesus!), and they had turned the water back on.
I went to the kitchen sink and turned on the faucet. Wow! At least 2-3 times the pressure we have had since last summer! Now, we can actually take a full force shower instead of standing under a drizzle. At one point I actually had to cut my hair short, and trimmed 2 of my daughters' hair in pixie cuts, so our heads were easier to wash with the trickle.
Just another saga of living out in the middle of nowhere - it beats the city by a mile!
Now, who gets the first shower?