Water = Beer
Just want to say thanks to my hubby for helping out a neighbor...
We live off the grid on Maui, which means there are no county services in our part of Haiku. For water, we use a catchment system where the rainwater ends up in this attractive Scafco (converted grain silo) water tank. It holds 12,000 gallons which is way more than we need, as there's only 2 of us tapping into it. The rain is channeled off the house's metal roof by way of rain gutters and pipes. A pump and pressure tank deliver water back to the household system.
All our neighbors are in the same boat, either using catchment systems or drilling wells for water. Some neighbors are newbies and don't have adequate systems in place for times when there is little rain, like right now.
A neighbor down the road has a family of 4, and his small water tank ran dry. They were going to the beach park every day to shower and fill up some water jugs just to get by. That's no way to live! My husband was working to prepare the site for their new and improved water tank and offered to help. He happened to have a 300 gallon portable tank kicking around and delivered it in the bucket of his backhoe one day. Boy were they glad to see that! Since then it's rained a few times and they are probably "out of the woods" by now, though still being cautious with their usage.
So one day after that the neighbor shows up with a case of Steinlager beer. Boy was I glad to see that! I don't go into town every day, and we were out of beer. I really didn't want to go anywhere, so this was good timing.
Anyway, that's how you turn water into beer... pretty simple huh?
Thanks Murray, and thanks also to the neighbor. It's nice to have neighbors like that.
Aloha from Haiku Maui - The Hunter