Sunday, September 13, 2009

Water is Essential to Life

And we are going to be hooked up to Traill Rural Water. Finally.
Hi Mary and Jeni,
The local rural water district is putting in a new line. The first in many years. Jim and I will get hooked up sometime this fall or next spring depending on how long it takes the plumbers to run our line from the 'curb' stop into our house.
The post above is in the spot where our curb stop will be. Below they have reached it and crushed it beneath the machine tracks.
The curb stop is out in the middle of our lawn but I guess they are called curb stops no matter where they are.
The main line went right through the corn field about two blocks east of our farmhouse and traveled from the north going around all our woods. After about a half mile it turns west and goes along the west side of the road to Galesburg. It was horrifying to see all the crops that the farmers worked so hard on dug up and trashed. However having clean fresh water will be worth it. While we watched the machines from afar they didn't seem so big. Once they were near our house it amazed me how huge they were.
They had to dig the line to our curb stop half way across the corn field and then across our yard. The line is being put in quite deep. I would say at least 10 feet.
The two machines worked in tandem.
The first one digs the ditch and very gently (with it's huge metal fingers) moves the water line into the ditch.
Then the second one covers it up.
It took them two days to run the line from the main line to our curb stop and then to cover and smooth it out.
When they were done the bare dirt was about 40 feet wide and about 2 blocks long.
I made Jim buy a big bag of grass seed and we will see how much of it grows and how much of it gets eaten. At least I got the lawn seeded near the house where we pulled out the old swing set.
This has sure been a year for changes. First the swing set is gone, then I got a porch and now we are getting water.


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Mary Drew said...

I assume you had a well before. I never thought about your water previously. I wonder what the change will be like?

Nancy said...

Well hopefully we will have less arsnic in our water after the change.