Monday, March 5, 2012

The Well That Went Dry

Today's story: the well that went dry. 
Once upon a time, far out in the country on a snowy day in March, a well went dry. It was a very, very deep well, almost 750 feet deep into the earth and the water it gave was crystal clear.
 In that well was a sturdy little 1.5 hp pump. For 21 years the pump worked, night and day. t pumped water for showers, washing dishes, watering gardens and cleaning cars. Then on a cold, cold day the pump got tired. Its valves quit working; pieces broke. The pump stopped. The water stopped. 
The people tried many things to get it going but the pump had finished its job. A Man with a Truck was called. He tried many things to get the pump going but all was in vain. 700 feet of pipe was pulled out of the well, and finally from far below the earth, the pump appeared. 
The Man with a Truck removed the pump and put it in the truck. Then he put a shiny new and very expensive pump on the pipe, and slowly, slowly put it back down the deep, deep hole in the earth. The new pump felt the cool water surge around it. It felt the electricity begin to pulse through its metal case. And it began to pump water. 
The people rejoiced. The Man with a Truck rejoiced too, especially when the people gave him a check for a very large sum of money. And all, I hope, will be happily ever after. The End.

12 comments:

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Always. More stuff. Ouch. Good story though.

Angela said...

I'm glad you got it fixed Granny Sue! I asked my husband and he thinks our well is only 70 feet deep.

Nance said...

Amen. The End. We pray.

Rowan said...

I hope the new pump will be very happy in its new home and that it will bring the crystal clear water up for the people for as long as the old one did.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Lets hope the new shiny pump lasts another twenty-one years, Sue.

Granny Sue said...

I hope this one lasts as long as the last pump. We were expecting to replace it soon; their lifespan is about 15 years usually. Because we're on the ridge our well, and those of our neighbors, is very deep. Lots and lots of water, which is nice.

hart said...

A mostly happy ending. --Jane

Marie said...

There's always SOMETHING! :-) Glad you were able to get it fixed pretty quickly.

Country Whispers said...

What a bummer!
But at least it's flowing again.

Nance said...

This past summer, our drinking/cooking/all around well became contaminated. We live in a town of 8-9000 souls. We've lived here 20+ years and finished raising 4 children on this well. We came home from a weekend away and our water had an odor. Our water smelled! We waited. We hoped. We bought drinking water. We called the Water commissioner. Sure enough, our fine old, blue watered well was contaminated with sewage. City fathers were called. Complaints filed. All to no avail. We had to have city water dug in to replace the well . . . all to the tune of about 5 Grand $. I wailed and tore my hair . . . that was about what we had saved the last 20 years, being on the well! Well (in more ways than one). Well. We now pay a monthly water bill AND a sewage bill. We'll have plenty of well water for the gardens as the city came along and lined all the sewers. What? what the hey? No liability for my beautiful blue well but now they are lining the sewer lines. Come to find out, we were the last house in town on a well. We would have had to hook up to city water before we could sell the house . . . so guess it all turned out okay. Except . . . that is not the way I would have written the story. :(

Nance said...

This past summer, our drinking/cooking/all around well became contaminated. We live in a town of 8-9000 souls. We've lived here 20+ years and finished raising 4 children on this well. We came home from a weekend away and our water had an odor. Our water smelled! We waited. We hoped. We bought drinking water. We called the Water commissioner. Sure enough, our fine old, blue watered well was contaminated with sewage. City fathers were called. Complaints filed. All to no avail. We had to have city water dug in to replace the well . . . all to the tune of about 5 Grand $. I wailed and tore my hair . . . that was about what we had saved the last 20 years, being on the well! Well (in more ways than one). Well. We now pay a monthly water bill AND a sewage bill. We'll have plenty of well water for the gardens as the city came along and lined all the sewers. What? what the hey? No liability for my beautiful blue well but now they are lining the sewer lines. Come to find out, we were the last house in town on a well. We would have had to hook up to city water before we could sell the house . . . so guess it all turned out okay. Except . . . that is not the way I would have written the story. :(

Granny Sue said...

Plenty of water now. We realize that the pump must have been failing for some time because our water pressure is much improved. Costly, but in the end worth the cost.

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