The call I received from the farm on Monday was the last call you want to receive this time of year when you’re trying to grow food. The pump for our irrigation system was out.
Because our sprinklers run 10 to 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, and new transplants and seeds were sown in the days before the pump failure, we are working overtime to try to get our well back online. In the mean time, we have a 4″ “trash pump” pulling water at a rate of 250 Gallons Per Minute (GPM) out of the Puyallup River. We are very fortunate to have both ground and surface water rights for our land. If we didn’t, and without any other possible recourse, the crop loss would devastate the farm.
The good news is that once we replace the pump we won’t have to worry about another unbudgeted $8000 expense (at least not the same unbudgeted $8000 expense) for another 15 to 20 years.