Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010 - (Page 45)
BY KATE WHELAN
in Rural Water
I NEVER STOPPED to think about what my life would be like without rural water until applying for the Patrick Denne Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the North Dakota Rural Systems Association. It was then that I decided to visit with my dad about how things were back in the “good old days” in regards to rural water issues. I hoped this would help me get a better perspective.
I titled my essay, “Rhapsody in Rural Water” because rhapsody means a state of ecstasy and enthusiasm. I truly am excited that safe, affordable rural water is provided within my home and on my family’s farm.
I live in rural northeastern North Dakota and according to my dad, we had wells on our ﬁve-generation farm. These wells contained water, along with many residues from the earth, including salt. My great grandpa and my grandpa used to drive to Greenwood Springs to haul water back to our farmstead. This was a 35-mile trip, and my dad got to ride along sometimes. This was by no means a convenience. Filling the cisterns and keeping them full was always a challenge. Conserving water was a necessity on the farm and in the home. These were the times when a bath was taken once a week, and when you brushed your teeth, you turned off the water. You didn’t ﬂush after using the toilet, reused washing machine water, and if you ran a shower, it was turned off while you were sudsing up. Water was a commodity that was used very sparingly. Finally, in 1976, the year my dad graduated from high school, the National
Rural Water Association was founded, ensuring funding for rural and small systems. Rural water pipelines began carrying water to our farm. My family was now provided with consistent, high-quality water. The days of hauling water were over! I now realize that I have been taking the luxury of having rural water run through the pipes in my home for granted. I don’t have to worry about safe, clean, affordable water like many third world countries, because my state has the best water systems in the country. I don’t have to worry about what my life would be like without water, but I can imagine it would not be pleasant. I get up every morning and take a shower, brush my teeth and drink a glass of water. Having to wash up with a small basin of water would not be refreshing. I wear my clothes once, and my mom washes them. I can’t imagine wearing them over and over. Would I be able to
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010
From the President
Energy Reduction Planning for Utilities
Using the Water Bill to Foster Conservation
Rally Wrap Up
Water University for Utility Managers
Rhapsody in Rural Water
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010
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