'Thank God I can buy water'

Friday, January 4, 2008

This paper has run numerous stories in recent months about the continuing water crisis in our area, and rightly so. In Middle Tennessee we are suffering one of the worst droughts on record.

When I was assigned to write about how people here are coping with the drought, I didn't have to go very far to find someone to interview.

The spring on my farm, the old Charlie Thomas place, southwest of Cornersville, effectively went dry, probably for the first time in at least 175 years of use.

I've experienced water shortages in previous years, when I had to buy water to top up the tank. But nothing like this year. In previous dry spells, the spring would get very low, but I could tell that a certain amount of water was coming in to it every day. After 24 to 48 hours of build-up, I could open the valve and let water gravity flow into the 3,000 gallon holding tank for up to an hour. I became an expert at looking at the spring and judging how much time I could let the water run.

See this Friday's Tribune for the complete story.