When the landscaper attached the watering system to the tank at the side of the house, I was rapt. Until I turned the tap and no water came out. It’s been raining all through winter, so I knew the tank was full. We started to talk about repriming the pump, until David25 rapped the side of the tank and said, “I think it’s empty.”
He grabbed a chair and jumped up to take a look at the top.
“Hey, Mum, have you noticed all these plants growing here?” he asked.
“No, how can I? I’m too short,” I replied.
What with all the dust and dirt being thrown up by the house next door being built, the tank was totally blocked and wasn’t being filled. Of course, we find this out just as we’re entering summer.
We still had to check if the pump was working, so we filled the tank about a quarter-full from the mains water.
The only tap nearby is at the other end of the house, so you get to see the new fence and paving.
After a while, I tested it out. Success!
This all happened 5 days ago. This morning I walked into my ensuite and I could hear water gurgling into the tank. Melbourne is forecast to have a month’s worth of rain today, so the tank should be filled very quickly.
I’ve never been so glad to be caught in a deluge.
Fortunate Frogdancer strikes again!