Have you applied the “8 by 8” rule in your life today? This rule still remains popular as many believe we need eight, 8 ounce glasses of water each day. As I write shirlandyou, I sit by the sliding glass doors through which our yard, ‘our’ birds and the beauty of the Pennsylvania mountains can be seen. Today, it has rained all day and at this very moment rain drops are dancing in the water that overflows from our bird bath.(Which by
the way,it should be fresh every day.) I’m sure that’s why I began thinking about drinking water, in fact, a glass of it sits here beside my computer.
There is no hard evidence that we need 8 glasses of water a day and we should remember that all fluids count toward the daily total. So how much water should we drink? Actually it depends on how active you are and even where you live. If you’re living in Arizona, right now, you need to drink water in excess. However, there is a mathematical way to find out how much water you should drink each day. Here’s what you do! Take
your weight in pounds, divide it by two and the result is the amount of water, in ounces, you should drink each day. Try it! I did and, guess what, the result was eight glasses!
Reports show that the quality of drinking water is good in the United States. At our house, we oftentimes remark about how good our water is. Our well is over two-hundred feet deep and the water we draw from it is as clear as a crystal, has no odor and tastes clean. It leaves you thirsty for more. We have had visitors rave about how good it is. “Just give me a glass of your good water,” is a comment often heard from guests.
Among the things I never thought I’d see is bottled water being sold for as much as a soda. When I first read that, in the future, people would be buying bottled water, I
thought, “no way.” But then, there are other things I thought I’d never see. Like looking at the price of gas, $3.49 a gallon and thinking, “It’s coming down.” What about television sets with big screens only an inch thick and film-less photographs?
I’ve lived in the country most all of my life, never where the water supply was piped from the street into the house and was connected to a meter. That means no monthly water bills, but the supply didn’t just fall into our faucets. At my house, my dad had a shallow well, I’m guessing about 40 feet deep. The well was laid up with field stone,
and dad would climb down that well to check on the pump, which wasn’t immersible. How he carried heavy pumps and pipe with him, I never knew. Being a shallow well, it would occasionally go dry. He eventually had the well drilled deeper, starting at the bottom of the old, dug well.
Round about 1940, by husband’s dad dug his own well, a bucket full of dirt at time. When the bucket was full, he’d yell for his wife to pull up the bucket, which was roped to their car. The car, by the way, was an old, 1927 -29 Hupmobile. She emptied the bucket and sent it back down. That well, supplied water to the house until just recently when it was drilled deeper. His
grandparents’ water supply came from a spring located in the corner of their yard and piped into the house. After their deaths, we bought the house and it was still the system used for a water supply and amazingly stayed plentiful, until our family outgrew it.
I still remember another system used to bring water into a neighbor’s house. Over their well was a windmill and when it turned it pumped water, up hill, through a pipe about two hundred feet, where it was stored in a tank. It then flowed in another pipe, back down to their house. It was probably low pressure, but today, when the electricity goes off, we have no
pressure at all. I read where someone wondered if a tank could be put in the attic? I wonder if he was considering a windmill to pump it there?
It’s been fun reminiscing about the past. They say that 60 percent of our bodies is water, so good drinking water is a must. It’s easy to take a good water supply for granted, but getting one wasn’t always easy and people in third world countries would give anything for this precious commodity.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject and maybe a memory or two. In the meantime, don’t forget the 8 by 8 rule.