Water Problems: Episode Four

| 7/9/2015 5:13:00 PM

Jennifer QuinnIn Episode Three, my friends who are homesteaders had offered to come and help me find the trouble in my water line. Still, since they live almost two hours away, it was a while before they could get here. Meanwhile I needed to do some more sleuthing and see if I could figure out the path of the water line to my house. A good place to start, I thought, would be to dig up where the line goes into the holding tank outside the house, and see where it’s coming from. But I had to juggle this with planting and working on poultry housing, so it got put off for a while.

 water line in the stream

At one point there was so much rain I had lots of tap water for about a week. I even had enough for a shower and no-rinse shampoo! Still, I could never keep up with my dishes. I would wash what I could every day, but the counter was continually cluttered with things waiting their turn!

Up to that point I had no idea where the water line was on my property – I had meant to dig up the line between the holding tank and the house, thinking maybe it went through the basement and out the other side, but hadn’t gotten around to it. Then one day I was digging trenches to plant potatoes when I found the end of one trench filled with water. I looked up and saw that the water-filled hole was just about in line with the holding tank, up the hill, where my water comes in from the spring.

After finishing half a row of potatoes, I headed up to the holding tank and started digging. The hole I was digging filled with water, but that didn’t prove anything because there’s also been standing water in my backyard uphill from there, which comes down out of the holler.

Still, I kept digging down until I reached the pipe that brings the water into the tank – about 26 inches from the top. By the time I got finished I was covered with mud! I discovered the input pipe was attached at right angles to another pipe that was going down the hill toward my garden. I still doubted this pipe was my water line, since it would be carrying the water uphill, but my hunch was that the broken pipe was somewhere in this vicinity.

7/16/2015 11:05:18 AM

Jennifer, ha, I had the same problem with cable TV. Yeah, I know not quite as important as a water line but the story goes like this. I wanted to plant some flowers beside the house near the sliding back door. A nice spot there seemed like a good place to put the plant I purchased. The first shovel in the ground hit a dang root. I rared back and give it a good stab only to find out the root was a cable line. Sheepishly embarrassed, I called the cable company and told them my issue. The repair man came out and quickly took care of the cable cut with a splice. Fast forward a couple years, I decided to be very careful and dig out the cable so I could plant another acquired flower. Yes, I cut it again. This time when the repairman came out, he looked at the cut cable with the splice; looked at me; looked back at the cable; looked at me. "Yes", I said. I've cut it before. He smiled and asked if I wanted a shield on it. I explained that I would never dig there again. I put a 16 inch square concrete patio block on top of the dirt and set a planter on it. :-) Some times we are our own troubles. ***** Have a great water flowing day.

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