Monday, 22 February 2010

The Well's not Dry...Just Frozen !........

Sweet nothing's !......snow every where.....but no water !


Now there's always a challenge, today...it was the fact that the water had frozen....Not just the water troughs.....for the animals.


There is a private supply that serves the house and it is pumped up to the house via a well.


This is the first time that it has frozen !..... I have been without water for a day or so, if we get a power cut, but it has never frozen completely ... until today. The ground is frozen solid.....rock hard, I would imagine the water pipes are buried quite deep as the well is about 25ft deep !


The pump was trying to supply the house, as it is activated by a sensor, which when drops, sends a signal to the pump to fill the tank inside the house. This has emptied over the past couple of days and due to the freezing conditions....it has failed to fill the tank !


The pump is switched off.....until it gets a bit warmer.. as I don't want it to burn out !


So, at the moment....we are on strict rations of water !.....if this continues....I will run out at some point ! I'll have to go down the stream...with a bucket !!!!


I'm hoping for a sudden thaw !....but the weather forecast is more snow later on in the week....so not only have I been blocked in....for a month....I now have to face the prospect of having no water......just need a power cut and I've just about had it all to contend with !


A brief thaw would do, just to get the tank filled up again.....


Roll on the Spring...............I can't wait !!

7 comments:

Debbie, Barnacre Alpacas said...

You certainly like a challenge don't you! Hope you get a thaw quickly; it's freezing here too but thankfully our frozen pipes are resticted to water outside not in.

Ashdale Alpacas said...

Fingers crossed for a quick thaw for you. Our water froze on Friday night so Si had to go to the top paddock, get water from the tap and then we heated it in pans to get washed. It's been a really long winter but it has to end soon.

Shirley said...

Hi Jayne, Nightmare eh? Nothing worse than frozen pipes. Another cold one last night too. Hope it lifts soon. Take care. Shirley & Robbie

Alpacas of Lewis said...

We have just had our first real dump of snow as well as frozen pipes. We were without water for a few hours till I managed to thaw the pipe coming into the house with boiling water. Can only imagine what its been like for you over the last month or so.

Barbara@beckbrowalpacas said...

Just make sure that you are at home when those pipes thaw Jayne.....six weeks later and we are nearly dried out!

Mark said...

Come on Jayne, get down to the stream for a refreshing bath! I can almost picture it!

Hope it all thaws out soon.

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