Update from the rancho to all the peeps...
Our well is dry. There is nothing but mud at the bottom. We purchased 5000 gallons of water to put in our holding tank, hoping it will last one month. I can't drink it, but we can shower with it and wash laundry. Yay!
It is a one month wait for a well company to drill a well...maybe, could go as long as two months. See Bad News...hoping we can make the water last...if not, we will need another truck load. To drill a well, it will cost about $40 a foot, minimum 800 feet. I will let you do the math. Very. Sad. Face. I have some money in retirement, but am unable to withdraw any until: 1) I turn 59 1/2. That's 3 more years, I don't think I can last that long without water or 2) extreme emergency. I said that no water was an emergency. The man on the phone said, no, that's not an emergency. I guess he must have water at his house, otherwise he might think differently.
It is the entire neighborhood. Anyone with a well 400 feet deep or less is very likely to need a new well within on year. Less than a half mile away, there are three homes drilling wells. On either side of our property, the wells are low on water and have issues. I have lived in California my entire life. I am so incredibly sad that our state has come to this. There was no regard given to over-building or farming changes. Our area was once surrounded by dry farming...hay, grain, etc. Now it is grapes for wine and golf courses. Our county went for the money, not what was best for the environment.
So, I will keep on my big girl bloomers. Standing at the well and crying won't fill it, so I will smile and be happy that it is nothing life threatening.
Thank you to all for your prayers and good thoughts. I am doing okay. Be kind to one another.