Life at the end of the road

July 6, 2009

Water woes

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:59 pm

After my spot of blogging this morning I went to check my water tank and was not surprised to find it well below the half way mark.

Wholemeal organic water!

Wholemeal organic water!

We have two of these 1000lt insulated plastic fish farm tubs and despite some recent heavy rain no water seems to have found its way in 😦

Water has always been a problem at Arnish, which with an annual rainfall of around 90″ seems hard to believe but its true. There are several wonderful wells of sweet cold water that never run dry  but unfortunately all are below the level of the house, I’m sure I could rig up one of those hydraulic ram pumps but to be honest I thought I’d sorted the problem years ago. When I moved here in 1989 I was told “You’ll never be able to run an autoumatic washing machine at Arnish” and sure enough the first few summers that I lived here it was true. However by increasing the holding tank size, head and taking the inlet from further up the hill I had it sorted. Or at least I did for around 15 years and despite wifey’s best attempts to drain it by constant use of the washing machine it never ran dry until last year, it came close once or twice but never actually ran out. We might have had the odd dead bird, mouse, slug, leaf, spider and twig in it but it’s rarely frozen or let us down and we’ve certainly never been ill off it 🙂

Perhaps it’s climate change or perhaps it’s a return to those drier summers that everyone remembers, whatever it is, the last three years we’ve had great weather whilst England has been underwater. We had less than 1″ of rain during a 6 week period spanning May and June last year and I don’t think we’ve had a great deal more this year. The result being I’m having to ‘steal’ water from the south end 🙂

The luckiest commuter

So off I set with my home made water bowser behind me on what was yet another beautiful morning, not your sun blazing, roasting kind of beautiful morning but your misty ever changing, crisp kind of morning that could go either way. It might burn off or it might envelope everything in a grey shorud, but whatever it does it will still be spectacular.

Brochel castle

Brochel castle

Barely 2 miles from home I stopped to try and catch some of it at Brochel but as usual the photo does not do it justice.

Black Cuilins and the Raasay narrows

Black Cuilins and the Raasay narrows

And here it is in close up

Sgurr nan Gillean

Sgurr nan Gillean

The day on the ferry was as with most Mondays busy so passed very quickly and once it was over I filled up my bowser with ‘Scottish Water’s’ finest chlorinated water from the hose at the pier. Once home with my precious cargo I set it up ready to fill the tanks.

Water on stand by

Water on stand by

All I have to do is connect a pipe up to that electric pump and plug it in.

Fish farm junk!

Fish farm junk!

But firstly I’m going to let the tanks run dry then I can give them a good clean then run some bleach through the system in the form of mains water 🙂  Once that was done I went straight in the house and wracked with guilt at my theft of 700lts of water phoned them up to offer to pay for it 🙂 Seriously, I figured that as I was  just about to  broadcast to the whole world that I’d helped myself to around 150 gallons of their water then the least I could do was offer to pay for it. A very nice lady in Edinburgh told me that as long as I did not make a habit of it then it would be OK 🙂

God bless Scottish Water!

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