Water is one of the most important considerations for your country living dream if not THE most important. If you don't have a good water source kiss your dream good bye! Municipal water mostly does not exist in a rural setting and we're lucky that we don't have to pay for irrigation water which runs through a ditch from a lake from up-country because of our good well.
We have a good well that produces 20 gallons per minute which in this neck of the woods is considered a gusher except when it doesn't. When it doesn't I have to call the well guy and the well guy is not cheap. Were you picturing a cute little well with a bucket on a rope? Nope, this is what a working country well looks like. A pipe coming out of the ground with a bunch of wires sticking out and control thingys. Last year the well stop working and we had to pull the pump which is about 100 feet under ground and cost a bunch of money so when it stopped working this time I was understandably nervous. My biggest concern? Has the well run dry? That my friends is big money. Digging a new well is an expensive proposition and even finding a new location for a new well can cost a lot.
This is Dennis the well guy. Of course the well went out when Chris was out of town on his hiking trip and I did everything I knew how to do to re-start the blessed thing. Check the fuses, check the breakers, check the holding tank, attempt to re-start the pump, no well no shower, call Dennis! I'm always mad at myself when I can't fix a problem without calling in guy help. I like to be as self sufficient as possible when Chris is away - I am woman etc. As it turned out this was not a problem either of us could have managed. It needed a new starter motor so replacing fuses would not have worked. $$.
See that? That's life giving WATER. Thanks well guy.
Until next time,