Water water water

I have always studied my water bills, fascinated with the breakdown of usage. Attempting to reduce my daily litre usage. Working out little tricks to save every precious drop. A game almost. Then I moved to a house that only has tank water, no mains connection, no back up, no game. No water bills to study. No idea what I am using. Up until recently it had only rained once (properly, more than just a few drops) this year, and that was in January. Every time I turned the tap on I worried that this was the end of the water in the tank.

A few weeks ago we got 12mls of rain. Glorious rain. The tank overflowed. It had been no where near empty the whole time. I really need to get a gauge that tells me what is going on in there. It is a massive 22,000L above ground concrete tank so most water gauges are not appropriate. 22,000L is not a huge amount of water considering it is for me, the animals, and the gardens. The tank looks large and imposing but its contents are a mystery to me. I have only recently worked out that it is 22,000L (approx) thanks to some year 9 school maths. Despite being told at the time we would use this is our day to day lives I did have to google how to work out the diameter from the circumference. Anyway. 22,000L (approx). The ladder is purely for aesthetics, I like how it looks there. It is missing rungs and slides on the curved edge at the top. Not so safe…

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Turns out I am super frugal with water. When the tank was overflowing I thought it would be a good time to change the cats water. I still poured the old water in a watering can, I can’t drop these habits. I have no idea of the size of my roof so I do not know the capture area for rain. But even when the tank is full I don’t waste water as it could be soooo long til it next rains.

Despite previously being conscious of water usage, now that I don’t have a limitless supply it is always in the forefront of my mind. Water is a precious precious commodity. I wish people were more aware of the privilege of clean drinking water. Water is life.

With the bit of rain, the ground is transitioning from brown to green.

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This is also thanks to the kangaroos being firmly on their side of the fence.

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Although something is still getting in and nibbling.

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