I did a Rant about this 3-4 weeks ago and then deleted it (too whiny), but since then I’ve decided it’s a real issue. So, I’m going to
re-construct my original Rant.
We raise cattle (no surprise to most of you). Cattle drink a lot of water. Like a REAL lot!
Water is heavy. Water is slow. There is nothing easy about water. Water freezes. Water gets nasty (with critters and other goo). Straight
up…water is hard!
Now, when it comes to feeding the animals and doing chores, everyone is happy to provide feed, but nobody likes to do water.
In the winter you have to break ice to clear the tanks for water. Any time of year the water takes a LONG time to fill up tanks. Even a small herd
of cows will drink 150-200 gallons of water in a single day (imagine filling that up from your garden hose!). Then there’s the different herds in
different pastures. This means multiple tanks…all requiring 150-200 gallons per day/each.
Okay, now lets’s let the seasons advance. Come October the clocks roll back. So now where you had daylight in the afternoon it’s dark, and you
get a little more in the morning. BUT, you’ve got to do this twice a day. The days are getting shorter. Pretty soon, everything is in the dark.
Now it's all done with headlamps. In October things are pretty nice, but come December and January it’s cold, dark and WINDY! Now the watering
SUCKS! Everything is frozen, it’s dark, you’re freezing your ass off in the wind and you can’t get the water going. No problem, just fill up a
tank and haul it, right?
NOPE!! Water weighs about 10lbs per gallon, so to load up a tank of 300 gallons of water is 3,000lbs! Now, we’ve got to get trailers
involved…but first we’ve got to thaw out all the hoses it takes to fill the tanks. AND, it goes on and on…and on, and on!
Water is the most important thing for human life, and the same goes for animals. You can not feed animals for days in a pinch, but when they run out
of water they die. Water never lets up! It’s always there, it’s always heavy, it’s always difficult…and no one ever wants to do it!
That leaves me. I’m the water guy. Nobody else ever wants to do water!
I wish I could figure out a system where I could fill a water truck full of water and not have it freeze before I need it the next day, but to do that
takes power (and a lot of it). I can run propane heaters on the tanks all night, or try to put electric heaters on them, but to heat that volume of
water takes incredible energy.
People underestimate water. They really do. And when you add in the scarcity of clean water, the problem compounds itself even again.
Water, such a simple thing, right?
Water is HARD!
edit on 9/30/2018 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)