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I’ve been thinking about water a lot lately. You probably know that water is essential for life, but you probably didn’t know that water can also give a person a vibrant complexion and healthy teeth and bones. I just read that online, as well as the fact that water makes up 60 percent to 70 percent of the human body.
The reason I’ve been thinking and reading up a lot about water lately is because we’re planning on drilling a well this spring up to camp, and I figure I should know a little about what we’ll be drilling for.
Lots of people have water thoughts this time of year, so I’m not alone. Come early April you start seeing articles in the paper where experts – who are paid to worry about such things – say they’re worried that we might have flooding this spring if the snow melts too soon.
How soon is too soon? That’s always difficult for experts to say, but an uninformed observer like me knows that if it floods the snow probably melted too soon.
I know there are scientific-types – often the same ones worrying about flooding –who can tell me within a few drops how much water is contained in a cubic yard of snow. Those same people can then multiply that amount by a few hundred million yards and tell me within maybe half a cup how much water makes up the snow pack that now sits on Maine.
Call me selfish, but all I’m really concerned about is the water deep in the ground under our camp. I can’t wait to find out things like how far down we’ll have to drill for it, how many gallons a minute the new well will produce and what that new well water will taste like. Water people will tell you that no two glasses of water ever taste the same.
This will be our first drilled well so we’re anxious to get it done, put it through its paces and see how it does.
As I mentioned, while researching my well-drilling project, I went online and read about water. Did you know the average human body needs at least 2.5 liters of water per day just to keep its insides going?
We might have too much water around now, but anyone who’s spent much time in Maine knows that come July and August things can get brittle and dry pretty fast. That can happen to your body, too. I read that a dehydrated body is as bad as an unwatered garden. It pulls water from inside your body's cells, some is taken from outside the cells of your body, and 8 percent is taken from blood volume. Lack of water is also associated with headaches, arthritis, and heartburn.
You probably don’t think of it a lot, but that well of yours is not only keeping your body hydrated it also makes your kidneys' job easier.
Excuse me, we’ll have to continue this at another time. I need a drink of water.
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