But I don't take it for granted. Several times, I have been without water because when you have a well sometimes that just happens.
Like yesterday. This is what I found early in the morning.
Nifty. Just in case you wondered, the faucet usually works better when the handle is attached. Apparently Billie Jane didn't think it was necessary. Yup - she rubbed on it and snapped it right off. Left side neck, if you are curious - no damage to her except a little hair removal.
Of course, once the faucet doesn't have a handle to turn it off - it is constantly running. Nicely watered weeds...
The fix is to shut the water off. I just turn off the power to the well pump and it sits quietly in the bottom of the well and rests.
I go into the house, and drag out the bottles of water for cooking and washing - grateful for a bit of planning ahead.
For me this is a fairly easy fix. I went to town and bought a new faucet. As soon as that is installed, I will throw the switch and voila - water out of the faucets in the house once again.
For others, clean water is not such an easy matter. I sponsor a child through World Vision. She lives in Africa and one of the things she regularly does is carry water. Sounds sweet, doesn't it. She helps her mother by carrying water for her.
Want the real picture? It is the woman's job to provide water. The water could be two hours away and it could be really nasty because the animals were pooping in the river before she arrived. A gallon of water weighs about 9 pounds. You can't do much with a gallon of water, so women often carry multiple containers that can weigh as much as 100 pounds. Sometimes the women travel through dangerous terrain with both two and four legged predators. Girls often travel with their mothers. A well with clean water can make all the difference in the lives of African women.
When I have trouble with my well is not the only time I think about the scarcity of clean water. Every time I turn on my faucet and clean water comes out, I remember that many people don't have that luxury. I am grateful to the Lord for his provision - and I pray that one day everyone will have access to clean water as well as the Living Water.