Rick’s column on water triggered a memory from childhood. Living in rural areas, such as I do now, often means having a private well as a source of water.
Having a private well often means you have all the water you could ever want, from drinking to filling a swimming pool, at no charge. However, there can be a downside. My current water smells of sulfur. Since I am used to it, I drink it. But visitors might refuse it. Therefore, I will stock up on bottled water.
As a child, we had a couple of wells. The well near the house provided all of our house water. This well, unlike wells you have seen, was covered by a rock. And that rock cover had narrow openings.
So, what I am about to say might be quite predictable. I would be drinking a glass of water from the sink, and the water would be giving off a foul, rotten odor.
I would tell Dad about this, and he would instruct me to get the pool skimmer and meet him at the well. We would remove the rock cover and spot a bloated, rotting rodent floating in the shallow well.
The first thing I would do is fight off nausea. Then, I would skim the rodent from the well and toss it. We then would pour a gallon of clorox into the well, which would leave a strong taste in the water for a day or two.
Now, I also mentioned that the well was very shallow. When that is the case, a mineral buildup forms on the water fixtures in the house. We certainly suffered from that.
Now, let’s move back to the recent past. There was a time, at this house, when I had almost no water. Could not even fill the tub for a load of laundry. Investigated fracking, which in a different form, has been severely criticized.
Spent 2 thousand bucks, no guarantees, and got my well fracked. Went from zero water to tons of water.
It messed up my neighbor’s well…..
Guilt comes with every sip.