Sunday, March 7, 2010


So we have no water at my house. NONE. Since yesterday. Maybe none until tomorrow. A huge water main broke yesterday leaving over 100,000 homes without water.

Now if you don't think this is a crisis, just imagine six people without water. No drinking water. No washing water. No FLUSHING water. Hmmmm. Things could get a bit sticky.

We didn't hear how long they anticipated it would take to fix the darn main (which is broken underneath a stream!) until late last night. At that point we went in search of water. And found to no one's great astonishment that there is no water for miles. Ended up at a Wal-Mart twenty miles away at midnight buying gallons of bottled water.

It's amazing how many things we do with water everyday without thinking about it. And it's given me a new perspective as I write my futuristic after-the-plague story. Where are my characters going to get water? How are they going to purify it? And how are they going to carry enough water to survive on their journey?

Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest. How would you deal with it if the water was suddenly turned off forever?



  1. NOT a pleasant thought--but a very valid one in a post apocalypse world.

  2. Having just come out of an extreme drought after years of rationing water, I understand only too well how precious it is