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You Can’t Live Without It

June 15, 2012

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We’ve had a crazy week at our house – not the way I expected the first week of summer to go.  It has been a water nightmare.  We noticed on Saturday that our water heater had a slow leak.  On Monday night I talked to my dad and he said we shouldn’t wait to replace it because it could go at any moment and we’d have 40 gallons of scalding water flooding our garage.  So on Tuesday I finished all the laundry and washed all our dishes before I turned the hot water heater off and started to drain it.  I will spare you all the gory details, but it’s sufficient to say that today (Friday) we still have no hot water, and we have cold water that is being fed to us through a garden hose that is attached to our neighbor’s spigot in their front yard (yes, we asked before siphoning water from our neighbors).  Hopefully we can get it all taken care of today.

Water is one of those things we often take for granted.  You don’t really notice it until it’s gone.  At first I was frustrated when we had only cold water and no hot.  Then we had no water for almost a day.  Man, was I happy when they turned the cold water back on.  You mean I can turn the faucet on and cold water just comes out?  It’s like a modern miracle!

As we’ve been dealing with this issue, it has been good for our kids to see that things don’t just come from nowhere.  Right now they’ve been told we’re on severe water rationing since we’re pulling our water from the neighbors.  Use it if you have to, but don’t waste any water today.  Josh said to me, “I can’t believe we have to go through all of this just to get the basics.”  It’s true – we are so far removed from obtaining those basic necessities of life that we don’t even have to think about it.  But most people throughout the history of the world have constantly had that worry around the edges of their mind – where will my next drink of water come from?  Where will my next meal come from?   We’re lucky that we don’t have to think about those things too much.

We have been able to cope with the no water situation okay.  Because we live in an earthquake prone area of the world, we always have a few cases of bottled drinking water on hand.  We also have some things stored in our garage in case of an emergency like jugs of water for washing hands or dishes, hand sanitizer, and Lysol spray; as well as some easy to grab things like food and camping supplies in case we had to evacuate on short notice.  I think it’s important to think about adding a few of these items to your home.  A little bit of preparation for the unknown can mean the difference between life and death, or it can just provide you a little bit of extra comfort should you find yourself in an emergency situation.

So, here’s to running water!  We hope to be there again soon, and with a newfound appreciation for the modern miracle of indoor plumbing!

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  1. June 15, 2012 9:46 am

    Completely agree – we take it for granted and we miss it so much when it’s not available! We ran out of oil last week and went days without hot water. Man, it was eye-opening. I hope you get your water soon…esp. being pregnant!

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