Often when I write about our lifestyle or our house search, readers will have questions or wonder why we do the things we do. Believe it or not, we most always have a reason for the things we do, if it’s a reason only understandable to us.
With the house we’re currently trying to get a contract on, it originally was to be sold with 20 acres but one side boundary was about 20 or 30 feet from the side of the house. This is a drawing after we had enlarged the acreage to about 26 acres. The original side boundary was even closer to the house before we asked for more land.
We asked them to redraw it several times and when they got to 45 acres is when Vince was happy with the distance from the house to the property line.
With no restrictions out there, there’s no telling what could come in on that side. Chances are nothing because it will probably always stay part of the big ranch but you never know and we would feel more comfortable having that extra buffer, especially as thick as the tree cover is for most of that land.
About the water well – you know that I try to stay prepared with lots of supplies and lots of food on hand for whatever might come along. I’m not an alarmist. I don’t expect that something bad is going to happen but if it does, I don’t want to be left to wait for FEMA or some government agency to come and take care of me. Remember Hurricane Katrina?
Despite all the preparedness that I do, we’ve known for the past few years that water would be an issue. We’ve lived where our only water source was either city water or water supplied by some rural district. We had hoped to have a spring fed pond and a water purification system. With the drought here, we’ve seen so few ponds that have water in them and we realized that even a pond is an unreliable source of water unless it’s fed from a very deep spring and most are not.
Here’s the front page of our local newspaper from Thursday of this week:
I think a lot of people don’t realize how much trouble this area is actually facing. A lot of this whole area, Brownwood and surrounding area, gets their water from this lake. It’s now at the lowest level ever and large parts of it are completely dry. Since the article in Thursday’s paper, the bridge has been lined with people parking and taking pictures. I can see the bridge from my deck and I’ll bet every time I’ve looked out, there have been anywhere from 6 – 8 cars, to maybe 2 or 3 cars parked on the shoulder taking photos. Folks who don’t see the lake every day and just assume our water supply will always be there are probably feeling a bit uncomfortable right now.
In certain areas of the county and in surrounding counties, water wells are providing plenty of water. Yes, they can go dry and some of the shallow wells are going dry but most of the deep wells are into good aquifers (mainly the Trinity in the eastern part of the county) and most of those are recharged from areas far away that maybe isn’t in such a drought and don’t depend totally on rain water in one particular area as does Lake Brownwood.
The house we’re hoping to buy has a good well and the rural community water line runs along the highway so at any time we could tie into that by paying the $500 connection fee and running the line to the house. We feel the well will have water longer than will the community water which relies on the lake. We may or may not drink the well water. We’re drinking bottled water now because the lake water tastes bad.
Having a water supply is important to us. It isn’t to everyone and even to some who are concerned, there’s not much they can do about it. One of the reasons we’re having difficulty finding a house is that there are certain things we definitely want and will not do without. For Vince, a good well is one of those things.