A couple of years ago we moved onto a country property that only has tank water. We were a little worried as we’d never lived on tank water before, but we soon got the hang of checking the water levels and calling in the experts when required. So when dirt began pouring out of the taps, we were more than a little concerned.
We knew we were low on water as it hadn’t rained in the Byron region for months, but the water gauge said we still had about a quarter of a tank and I’d already had two loads of water delivered. However, it’s all well and good for the gauge to say you have a quarter of a tank, but if the gauge is broken, you can end up with no water. That’s right, we didn’t have a drop. We are now wait listed for water delivery – it’s a 21 day wait! The shock of this was compounded as I had six children sleeping over at the time.
So, when you have no water, you have to move out of your house. Sounds easy right, but not in Byron Bay during school holidays. It took me hours to find anything. We moved into a lovely caravan park but the only cabin available was tiny. It was hilarious fitting us all in – it must be designed for families with very little children.
Anyway by the time this post is published, we will have moved home as we have had a tiny bit of rain. But we will have to strictly ration our water. My teenage daughter is horrified by the concept of three-minute showers, but as much as moving out was an adventure, I’m not keen to do it regularly. So, three-minute showers it is and we have a much greater appreciation of this scarce resource.
Have you ever had a situation where you have had to move out due to some disaster?