Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie

Sylvie
Sylvie
I´m so hot ´n dry
Sylvie
Sylvie
Can´t you hear
Can´t you hear me crying

Bring me little water, Sylvie
Bring me little water out
Bring me little water, Sylvie
Every little once in a while……….

Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter

The temperature has been in the low to mid 100s  as of late in Washoe Valley. Shallow  Washoe Lake is relinquishing its shoreline daily to dry mud flats. And people and domestic critters alike prefer to stay inside where there may find some cool air conditioning.

In the midst of this the drill rig arrived at South Jumbo Way, home to my landlady, Airstream Bob and myself.  Just to round out the scenario, my land lady is also my ex, Susan.   We are both grateful we still get along  and support one another.

The drill rig is a water drill rig and is needed because the well here has been challenged lately to keep up with a reliable flow of the treasured liquid.  Resting at a depth of 290 feet the well   must be deepened to hopefully insure a comfortably hydrated existence moving forward.  The well drilling company has a 100 foot minimum contract.  Even if you just go down 50 ft you will be paying for 100.  They say they have been going deeper than the minimum on their last two wells in the neighborhood.  Here’s hoping they don’t need to here. Geology and aquifers can change drastically from location to location.

The two man crew  just set up. Thought that some of you who live in the big city might find the process interesting enough……

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The drill rig arrives.

The drill rig arrives.

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Down into the well area. It was a tight fit for the 32' long rig, but the driver made it look easy.

Down into the well area. It was a tight fit for the 32′ long rig, but the driver made it look easy.

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IMG_0052. Photo by Bruce Czopek

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Backing It In. Photo by Bruce Czopeki

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Looking up from the road.

Looking up from the road.

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And so it begins. Stay tuned.

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2 thoughts on “Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie

  1. It is sad to know that a good part of the current drought in California is man made – let us know how deep the drill had to go to find sweet water. I have the feeling that the man-made portion of the damage to nature is much more difficult to recover from than the natural cycles of the earth and weather.

  2. It’s always so stunning to see this kind of equipment for a job that had to be done by hand not so long ago. Amazing and wonderful, I hope they hit a good table that will keep you in endless supply. I’ve lived in three or four places on both coasts with well water and always loved it for the wonderful independence. You have to keep up with pipes and develop a sensitivity to the supply particulars, all worth it and essentially splendid. I’ve also lived in places on both coasts where you had to pay for every drop and usually pricey enough to limit the garden size. You’re in such beautiful country there, congratulations on all fronts, terrific news.

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