Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 25, 2015

What the drought looks like at the Phelps’ Place

Thankful for the lovely rain today.  Southern Cal could use a lot more.  We’re experiencing the need to conserve in a very real way.

Yes, that is duct tape on the faucets.  All of our faucets are taped.  Our well went dry.  We have a tiny bit left in our 5000 gal tank but needing to be very frugal. We taped the faucets because it is such a habit to turn the water on so often without thinking about it.

The well at our other place seems fine so we ‘float’ back and forth.  We are camping out with handy wipes, makeup remover cloths, and bottled water and jugs that we refill for drinking and brushing teeth. We are patiently waiting for the county to approve the new well permit so we can get a new one drilled.

Meanwhile, this is just a little nudge and reminder to conserve, as every little drop counts!


  1. Bonnie, I left a comment when this post first came out, but I don’t see it. Did you get it, or should I re-post my comment?
    Kim Smiley 😃

  2. Meanwhile the water trucks keep running.

  3. This is a manmade drought…Please see…PLEASE…..Also on Youtube a documentary titled “What in the world are they spraying”….Our weather is being manipulated….Heard a 2 hour program on this subject recently on KOGO AM 600 San Diego….This is really happening..

  4. Hi Bon,

    Sorry to hear about the demise of one well; elated to hear that the other well is still producing.

    How long have you been waiting for your “drill deeper” permit and how long does a typical grant take?

    Thanks, Bob



    • The County is apparently taking six to eight weeks for a permit. Patience, patience…

  5. Hi Bonnie,

    Wayne and I just got back from a one-month stay in a remote cabin in Montana — no phone, no TV, no computer, and no running potable water! We had to canoe about 1/2 mile once a week to an artesian well with potable water, fill up our water jugs, canoe back upstream and haul the water jugs indoors. Amazing how long 28 gallons can last, if you’re frugal with it — and it sure is needed for food prep, dish washing, tooth brushing, hair washing and some hand washing. We also pumped water from a very small pond into a 55 gal. drum every few days, to have water for hot showers and clean-up water for after outdoor jobs like tree-felling, post hole digging, etc. (We did go to town — Bigfork, on Flathead Lake, 60 miles away — to do laundry a couple times. No way was I going to beat clothing on rocks!)

    I’m glad you’ve got one well that still is producing. Let’s hope the rains come early — and often — this coming year.

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