Water Woes

After weeks of sunshine the rain came back a fortnight ago, odd days of it then a few whole days of it, so no worries this summer with the holiday cottages water supply, or so we thought.

Saturday morningthe new guests arrived, a full house so you may be sure that if anything is to go wrong it will be on that day.

Saturday Arrivals

I usually ‘thump’ the water tanks and find a dull thud and wobble in return, but this Saturday it made a very hollow noise. I had a look inside and of course it was empty. If I didn’t know any better I’d say that Dave and Jane who were here with their daughter and son for a fortnight had been putting too much water in the whisky!! But no, a visit to the well surprised me as it was almost dry.

A Very Empty Well

So most of Saturday was then spent trying to get some sort of flow but there was just not enough water. Calum M arrived in the middle of it so it was all hands to the pumps. Fresh bottled water delivered and the other cottages tank checked gave us a bit of time so the plan was Sunday delivery of water from Big Harbour. As it happened Calum had come to put some lighting in the Big Harbour water treatment shed, it was good to get a hand.

The Sparkies Vehicle

Late in the day we had a meet to plan the next days activities.

Saturday De Brief

First thing Sunday morning it was up early and filling our makeshift tank ( a pontoon float). Not the best for water for a house but all we had. It was only for washing so no worries. Sadly the tank we put it in will have to be tested again and that is a pity because the water here passed all its tests for the first time this year.

Water Tanker

I had turned off the supply from the well and we found it had filled but only about a foot of water so the aquifer must be pretty low. I filled the cottage tank and turned back on the water this morning it was full and working. There had been airlocks and all sorts of issues but I’ve ordered a new tank at last to try and build up a reserve. Sunday was a full day but we still managed a visit down to the South end to have a look for stags, we saw one just as it disappeared over a hill.

Mondaywas flat calm and a good day for lifting the creels, but disaster again. The creel hauler chewed up the drive.

The Bust Creel Hauler

Update tomorrow got to hit the hay.


About Bill Cowie

I've been living on the island since April 2002, alone for the first 5 years, my partner L joined me in 2007. We manage the Island for a Danish family who bought the Island in the early 90's. Their hopes for the Island are to make it self sufficient supporting its inhabitants and that is where we come in. We look after the stock, 3 holiday cottages, machinery, boat and of course the visitors. It is pretty challenging but it is a beautiful place to live and work, we love it and strangely enough we love it even more in the depths of winter when all is quiet apart from the gales and rain. We do a bit of fishing, stock work, stalking deer and loads of other stuff. We have good support from lots of people whom we have met over the years and have become involved in the Island. Too many to mention here but keep an eye on the blog, they'll be there for sure in the future.
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