Thursday, August 16, 2007

An Expensive Hole

We've had a well drilling truck at our house for the past two days deepening our existing well. We've been living a very water conservative lifestyle for so long now if I'm in the shower for more than a couple minutes I feel like I'm taking way too long. I've been going to the laundromat for at least twelve years. Twelve years is a long time to be dragging your clothes to town with you. I've made alot of friends there, so I guess I can try to look at it positively, but I was really looking forward to going washing machine shopping this weekend.

Instead we've got a 400 foot deep hole with no more water than we had before. Hopefully the water we did have will come back. We won't know for about ten days, which is how long my husband expects it to take the well to fill back up. Hopefully the water in our holding tank will last until then. We're considering taking a vacation for a while.

The topper? Our beautiful new hole will cost about $5000. Yay. And, when they were lowering the drilling tower down after they finished drilling, it broke. The entire tower crashed down onto the top of the truck and crushed it. I about had a heart attack when I saw it parked down on the flat(they drove it down a hill that way!) on my way home. Luckily no one was hurt.

I feel really bad for the driller. His partner was crushed by another truck a couple of weeks ago. They were drilling on a hill and it rolled over on him; some freak accident. Now this. It is a well respected well company around here and the people are all very nice. I feel so bad for them. Seems they are having a run of bad luck. They could probably use a vacation too, but those trucks cost half a million dollars.

Tomorrow they're going to come up and vacuum the glass up that's strewn across the backyard. There's a big pile of rock goo that we get to clean up. My boys can't wait to play in the grey slop. And I find myself hoping that some vein of water will burst through the side of the empty hole tonight and fill it full of glorious water.

At least I won't miss my friends from the laundromat.


  1. Oh Heather, that really sucks! What happens if the water doesn't come back??? Although I'm not sure I understand where it went ... out for coffee? To a movie? Can you call it back and tempt it with a favourite treat?

    H-e-r-e waterwaterwater!!!Come on! Come'ere! Water! Come on!!

  2. I hear there's been a pretty bad drought out west. My sister and her family used to live in Spokane and they were always worried about the threat of fire. We've had dry years but this hasn't been one of them. My husband installed a pump in our crawl space to take care of the flooding from heavy rains.

    I hope you get some rain out there soon, Heather. As more and more people move out west, water isn't becoming a major concern. And having any kind of a hole dug isn't cheap. We had a new cess pool put in a few years ago which cost a lot. Glad nobody was hurt.

  3. What I meant to say in that last post was water is becoming a major concern, not isn't. Sorry.