Deep water thoughts when the well stops working
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The conservation connection has never been clearer to me than it has in the last three days without water — it took Roger that long to get here. All value of real estate, either in town or country, depends on water. You can have the fanciest Mc-house around with a big spread of barns and animals — we don’t, but you could — and it’s worth zero without a good source of water.Skip to next paragraph
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You think home prices have dropped in the last year? Your value plummets to nothing, the day your tap runs dry. Conservation gets personal. No matter how much it costs you in a monthly bill, water’s true worth is beyond rubies and pearls.
Now Roger is grinning. All is well with the well. Our pipes are fine, our electrical wiring is up to code. we still have water in the ground. With each pronouncement, I take a personal pride, as if someone had told me, you have great teeth.
Dustin wires up a new pump and it slowly makes its way back down the shaft, to hang above the actual well bottom at 456 feet, so it doesn’t suck up grit, connecting us once more with the source of all we need — and that’s priceless.
Mary-Kate Mackey, co-author of Sunset’s Secret Gardens — 153 Design Tips from the Pros and contributor to the Sunset Western Garden Book, writes a monthly column for the Hartley Greenhouse webpage and numerous articles for Fine Gardening, Sunset, and other magazines. She teaches at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism & Communication. She will be writing about water in the garden for Diggin’ It.
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