All day I've faced a barren waste without the taste of water cool water
Old Dan and I with throats burnt dry and souls that cry for water cool clear water
The nights are cool and I'm a fool each star's a pool of water cool water
And with the dawn I'll wake and yawn and carry on to water cool clear water
We take so much for granted! Water is one of top things most people do not think about. The first time we came to Montana, I remember seeing signs that read "You deserve clean water" or "We need clean water" posted around Missoula and along a couple of the highways that led into and out of that area. We made a quick stop at a restaurant the first day we were there and boy, the smell just about turned our stomachs. We were not far from the river and we were a little stunned by the rotten waste/sulfur smell. You know the smell in south Georgia and Florida? This smell ~WAY WORSE!
Because of reading those signs, we never drank any water while we ate out, we were just trying to being safe because we did not know where the stench was coming from. When we lived in Hamilton, we had well water. I remember drinking it and never thinking anything about it. It did not have that "well" taste, like many wells in Georgia have. The water was scentless and sparkling clear. Our land lord told us that the well was 218 feet deep and the water was the way nature intended.
When we moved here in October, the first day in town we stopped off at a local cafe for lunch. I ordered water...I should have been warned! When I picked up the glass and took a sip, it reminded me of the lizard bucket we had when we would go fishing when I was kid. The water smelled just like lizards and it tasted just like it smelled. I couldn't drink it! As I looked around, I noticed there were no other water glasses on the tables around us. Needless to say, we don't order water when we eat out but, we haven't eaten in town since before December. ;) The water in Miles City, it doesn't taste any better.
The water we get in our little town is not smelly but it is just as HORRIBLE! We have a water filter and it still doesn't help. We've been buying bottled water since moving here and I've been researching water delivery companies and the only ones who deliver are local municipal water collected companies. Yeah, I'm not paying them for city water.
The neatest thing about living in a small town, people know things and are willing to share information with you. The school superintendent told my husband's boss about a spring in the area. Yesterday, while they were out checking on roads, my husband and his boss (whose family is having a hard time with the water too) headed over to the park where the spring is located. While they were there, they talked with the park ranger and he told how he tests the water and since he's been testing it, the water passes on all levels. I can't remember how deep this spring is but it is around 250 feet. There must be something about the depth because the water is so good.
Do you even have to question if we went and collected water? You bet we did! I had 9 empty gallon water jugs and we filled them up. Tasting water so fresh and clean made me think of our well in Hamilton and there was no lizard taste. :)
Those of you who come to visit, I promise I won't serve you lizard water.