I hate "fun" blogs that go political, and so, I will leave it at that, and move on to why I mention water.
If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know that we have a small walnut farm. We have 17 acres of Serrs, a variety of walnuts that are larger, darker, and more flavorful than the market's current favorite, Chandlers. Anyway, our trees are 50 years old. They are big and beautiful, and still produce with vigor. We water them from our private well, and are not dependent upon ditchwater for irrigation. However, the lack of water running through the ditches for the past few years means that the aquifer has not been replenished, and the level of standing water is dropping lower and lower.
Our well was dug in 1991. We bought the property in 2010. As the flow from our standpipe has decreased, and the length of time to irrigate has increased, we've been researching our well. What we found was that it was dug to 207', and was designed to draw water from as deep as 120'. This was all well and good in 1991, when the standing water level was at 30'. The current standing water level is 120'. A few more weeks, and we wouldn't be able to reach the water at all. As a result, we've got a well/pump service helping us, and yesterday was a BIG day. If you've ever wondered how water comes out of the ground, here's a bit of visual instruction.
The first thing they had to do was get the truck to the well, not an easy proposition.
After much clanging and banging, they were ready to start pulling out the first 20' section. It's held by the head, that attaches to the pump.
I'll keep you posted.
In the meantime, the well is covered with a sheet of plywood and concrete blocks, and Pixel has come to live with me until the hole is absolutely and completely secure.
As I said, I'll keep you posted.
Pray for rain for Central California!