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As a kid I remember how my folks would often sit around the kitchen table and talk with our neighbors about things like water. They'd talk about how good the water from one well tasted and how water from another well might taste “funny.” I learned that funny might be good in some situations but funny water was not one of them.
Anyway, now that I'm old – like my parents always used to be — I find myself doing the same thing: Talking a lot to neighbors about water. That's because we're planning to have a well drilled at a camp we just acquired up country.
While doing research for this latest well-drilling project I went online and read all kinds of posts about the many health benefits of drinking lots of water. For example, did you know that water makes up 60-70 percent of the human body and the average human body needs at least 2.5 litters of water a day just to keep its insides going? Since I don't speak “metric” I'm not sure how much 2.5 liters is, but I imagine it's a lot of water.
We've had a lot of water flowing through our rivers lately, but anyone who’s spent much time in Maine knows that come July and August things can get brittle and dry around here. Speaking of that, I also read that a dehydrated body is as bad as an unwatered garden. It pulls water from inside your body's cells, some is taken from outside the cells of your body, and 8 percent is taken from blood volume. Lack of water is also associated with headaches, arthritis and heartburn. You probably don’t think of it a lot, but that well of yours is not only keeping your body hydrated, it’s also making your kidneys' job easier.
Like I said, I’ve been thinking and reading a lot about water lately because we’re planning on drilling any day now up to camp, and I thought I should know a little about what we’ll be drilling for.
Lots of people have water thoughts this time of year, so I’m not alone. Come early April you probably saw articles in the paper where experts – who are paid to worry about such things – said they were worried that we might have flooding this spring if the snow melted “too soon.”
Call me selfish but all I’m concerned about is the water deep in the ground under our camp. I can’t wait to find out things like how far down we’ll have to drill for it; how many gallons a minute the new well will produce and what that new well water will taste like. Water people will tell you that no two glasses of water ever taste the same.
This will only be our second drilled well so we’re anxious to get it done, put it through its paces and see how it does so I can start bragging about it to the neighbors.
Excuse me, we’ll have to continue this discussion at another time. I need another drink of water.
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