Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Water Pumps

Living in a rural area usually means you get to deal with wells and water pumps in some sort of fashion.  Tonight was one of those nights, but this time it wasn't mine.  It was a neighbor who had 5 guests in the house and the water pump quit -- not a good scenario.  I did a quick diagnosis and determined that the amount of time and parts to get it up and running would be well past the evening 'bathroom' hour.  We decided to do something I had to do once in a similar predicament.  We ran hoses from a neighbors house, used a female to female adapter to join the garden hoses to each other and presto - the whole house is recharged with water from the neighbors.  Not good enough to drink from (drinking from garden hoses is a bad idea if you ever look at the crap that can come out of a garden hose that has been sitting in the sun), but it sure got the toilets up and running again until the plumber and parts can be found.

While I'm on the subject, the Bella Coola Valley has about 5 different small water purveyors that provide water to residents from either wells or in one case Snootli Creek.  The main area of Hagensborg, Nusatsum the Nuxalk Village, and the village of Bella Coola all have nice water systems, but if you live anywhere outside those areas, then you are on your own.

Wow it was another hot smoky day in the valley reaching 32 C, with smoke of varying intensities throughout the day.  It did clear up enough last night, that we got to see a few Perseid meteor stragglers, which was a nice bonus.  Grizzly

1 comment:

  1. Good thinking on the solution!

    I had my well pump go put about three days before the closing on my house (I'd just sold it) and had to buy a new pump and have it installed to the tune of about 2k. Having public utilities can be very nice.