Author Betty Sharpe is remembering life in the country and dependency on tank water. She recalls carrying water to the garden plants as often as possible.
It brought back memories when I lived on tank water, not just of water shortage but the times the tanks overflowed.
There is nothing worse, especially after a long dry spell, for the heavens to open and all that beautiful fresh rainwater more than fills the tanks, they start overflowing.
Regardless of the fact it is raining, is the time curtains get taken down and dumped in the bath tub for a good soak. Beds are stripped and the washing machine starts rumbling. We don’t stop to think of how we are going to get all this dry we just know we can’t waste the water overflowing and try to use it as fast as it is falling.
Of course, the dogs don’t miss out on getting a good scrub and it might be raining out there but that is no reason not to wash the car – in the garage.
It is not just the water you become paranoid about. Water from the tank and the dam was supplied to the house with an electric pump – no electricity no water.
I worked in an office with plenty of town water supplied and no need to stress about is usage but once bitten you can’t avoid it. I had a girl working for me who was in the habit of leaving the tap running. One day I’d had enough and yelled at her to turn the tap off because she was wasting electricity.
Now why did the rest of the staff look at me like that?
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