“You got a real mess here, man.”


So that cattle outfit rigged up a big plastic tank to feed their stock waterer, right? And (apparently in lieu of a shut-off valve) they ran a pipe from the top of the tank to that old concrete cistern.

And then – somehow, I still haven’t figured this out, maybe they’re using a small inverter – they wired the well pump to half a dozen solar panels, and as far as I can tell the idea is just to let it run all the time as long as there’s sun.

You’ve got to be kidding.

The phone camera probably didn't capture this at all, but water is pouring from all those vertical cracks in the cistern.

The phone camera probably didn’t capture this at all, but water is pouring from all those vertical cracks in the cistern.

And it's flooding the whole place.

And it’s flooding the whole place.

I’ve introduced myself to the kid they’ve got doing all this work and gave him my number in case he ever had any (ahem) dog issues. Now tonight I called him instead. Sorry to ruin your Sunday evening, but you’ve got a big mess and it’s getting bigger by the minute. I’ve worked around cattle guys before – they’re generally resigned to being on call 24/7.

Given some of the other water-related decisions these guys have made, I’m prepared to believe their system has no full-tank shut-off. And judging from what I saw coming out of the pipe there’s a high-flow pump down in that well. Which is just dumb. They’ve already flooded their whole holding area. The kid told me flat out he isn’t making any of these decisions – whoever is doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing.

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9 Responses to “You got a real mess here, man.”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Might the over use of the resource effect availability?
    For all involved?

  2. Joel says:

    I honestly don’t know, but confess it was my first thought.

  3. MamaLiberty says:

    I’m starting to think we have more to fear from all of the STUPID already around us, than any bunch of jihad johnnies who might come around. There is a cure for stupid, but it’s messy and not generally approved, even by the not stupid. sigh

  4. Ben says:

    I’ve gotta say, some of their crack patches seem amazingly effective. That tank could probably be saved with a Band-It reinforcement wrap and a coat of sealer inside. But none of that stuff is cheap so I imagine the plastic replacement tank still makes more sense.

  5. Robert says:

    My first thought was “who wastes water in the DESERT?!”

  6. Will says:

    Wow, I would think owners of nearby wells would be plenty po’d to hear of an open high volume pump drawing down a local presumably shallow and limited aquifer. I don’t know too many shallow wells in arid places that can sustain that sort of treatment for long. Maybe they will dry out their well, and burn out the pump? Do they have a water right to pull like that? Too bad for anyone else with a well in the immediate area in the meantime. Grr.

  7. Kentucky says:

    “My first thought was ‘who wastes water in the DESERT?!’ ”



  8. wyowanderer says:

    The first thing I’d be considering is how I’d “appropriate” some of that water for my homestead. And if the owner of the water tank continues to allow the water to run, I might start watering plants-like garden plants…

  9. Paul Bonneau says:

    Just the thing for a thousand-year drought:

    Hmmm, the state water board might take a dim view of such wastage. But I guess that would be wrong to bring them in.

To the stake with the heretic!