It didn’t rain overnight, which would have been nice because at the bottom of everything is a drought that has yet to be acknowledged by Massachusetts. Probably won’t be until we follow California and are completely out of water.
Meanwhile, with all the dams closed, the swamps drying out, the riverbeds mud with the occasional puddle — there is still some water. Not as much as we need, but some. New England is not usually an arid zone. Droughts are less common than flooding. Which is probably why we aren’t as good as we need to be at water management.
Most people, unless their well has gone dry — and there are plenty of us — are paying little attention to the dry streams and rivers, the receding waters on Whitin’s Pond. The disappearance of the water fowl because their environment is disappearing along with their food supply.
Yesterday, our well went dry. Overnight, because we turned off everything that uses water, taps, toilets, everything, a little bit of water has returned to the well. Not much and the quality of the water is closer to mud than something you might be able to drink.
We are still on bottled water for cooking and drinking. No laundry. No showers. Not yet. The well guy was here about an hour ago and will get back to us with a real world estimate. I think our front garden will have to be dug out so the trucks can get to the wellhead. At this point, that’s not one of my big worries. The garden’s a mess anyhow.
We don’t have the option of “city water.” There is no city water in this area. The well guy believes the well is repairable. We are counting on it because drilling a new one is crazy expensive. Especially on our land which is particularly rocky and uneven.
There are just two choices: drilling a new well or hydro-fracking.
SO. Hydro-fracking it will be. In case you missed it before, although the name is kind of scary, the process isn’t. It involves injecting water under high pressure into the bedrock foundation around a well to flush out particles and rock fragments from existing bedrock fissures or fractures. These are the channels in the bedrock that form the aquifer. Hydro-fracking clears out and sometimes can increase the size of existing fractures.
99% of the time, this will bring the well back up to snuff. If the well was ever good — and our well was fine and healthy until recently — it should be “like new.” There are a few other things that need to be done, what in the well biz is known as “servicing.”
I don’t know why I should be surprised. Everything else in the world needs servicing, so why not the well, right? Right.
I cannot express how very grateful I am to those of you have sent gifts to us. I can now arrange to get the work done … and best of all, get it done before the ground freezes. The idea of heading into the bitter winter weather without a dependable water source is the stuff of nightmares.
This has been so traumatic to Garry’s pride — and mine — that I think I’m finally past being embarrassed. I have moved on to deeply grateful, recognizing that perhaps after all, some of the good we do in this life comes back to us when we most need it. Asking for help was hard, but you — our friends and supporters — have truly revived my belief that there is still good in the world. I was, I admit, beginning to wonder.
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