Today marks the fifth day without water here on Howling Hill. Wolf and I are adapting to this new way of living though I’ve made it perfectly clear to him I will not live here in the winter without water. I can do it in the warm months but not in the cold, frozen months.
At first Wolf was going down to Hannaford to buy bottled water but then we remembered there’s a fresh water site up in Bristol so we’ve been going there instead (it’s free). Regardless of where we travel to get water, we have to drive at least 10 miles. This is because there is no access to fresh drinking water closer to HH. There is the Pemigawasset River but it’s highly polluted.
We’re averaging a few gallons of water use a day. We cut back on cooking, cleaning (dishes and our bodies), and the amount of water we give the chickens.
While at the water site in Bristol we’ve met many other people who have said they are out of water. They live in the same town or surrounding towns and each (including us) has a dug well (as opposed to an artisian/driven). This tells us the water table is really low for the entire area. That makes sense considering we’ve had one of the driest seasons on record.
The two biggest “problems” about this whole thing is 1. washing the dishes and 2. taking a shower. Washing the dishes is just so much of a pain in the butt without running water. Like I said we’ve cut back on the cooking. When there are dishes to be done I’ve been heating water in a big canning pot. As for showers, I’ve either not showered at all (just taken cat baths) or gone to a friends house. Wolf has been cat bathing and taking showers at work. Yesterday Wolf took pity on me (I was whining on Twitter how much I wanted a shower), went to Suckmart, and bought a shower for me.
Once I put some hot water into it it worked pretty well. However, there isn’t enough water pressure to wash my hair so Wolf is going to help me do it tonight. Tt’s been about 3 weeks since I washed it. (I don’t wash it every day anymore.). Before Friday I wet every day when I showered, I just didn’t use any cleanser on it except on Sundays.
Taken in April when I had 10 inches cut off.
Since my hair is long it takes a few minutes of rinsing to get all of the cleanser out. I’ve begun to realize how much water waste there is with showering. As much as I wish I could say I’d give it up, I know that’s a lie. There is nothing I love more than a long, scalding hot shower. It is probably my biggest guilty please environmentally aside from my car.
Earlier in the week Wolf called a well guy to come out and check to make sure the problem was a lack of water and not something with the well itself or the pump. We found the well is 7.5 feet deep and had six inches of water in it on Monday. Since there is nothing wrong with the well or the pump we know the problem is the lack of rain. So everyone start praying for a week of easy soaking rain. We don’t want Noah style because that’ll cause flooding which won’t do us any good.