A crisis of water

5 11 2015


We got pretty excited when we left for work on Wednesday morning.  We saw these vehicles arrive at our place.  YES!  Water! 

We live in a water rich country. 

There are lakes everywhere, and one can drink water straight from 90% of the lakes.  There is gorgeous clean water everywhere. 

Except in our house! 

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Our precious previous landlord made some really unwise choices in getting water into the house from the river, and the source comes through several rocks, picking up a lot of iron oxide along the way. 

The water has a rusty stink to it, and leaves a stain wherever it can settle. 



Despite all of those beautiful clean lakes, our water is bad! 

We are well trained for such situations after living in Africa!  We get clean drinking water from school, and have just lived with all the consequences of dirty water. 

Any light clothes are stained yerange (yes.  A mix of yellow and orange) and it is almost impossible to get the bathroom tiles clean.  It takes a real effort, lots of chemicals and elbow grease. 

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So, we got thrilled when our new landlords said the drillrigs would be coming.  And Deon did not moan about the noise levels throughout the day as the machines bored through the earth for hours. 


One has to drill really deep here to get to good sources of water. 

So the drills bored through the earth all day.  They started by about 8.30 am and just kept at it. 

When I got home in the afternoon they were at about 80 meters. 

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There was no water. 

We listened to the rig going just outside throughout the early evening.  A new rod would be fitted and the sounds would change for a while and then the boring went on. 

But no water. 

Deon went out more and more often to see if water had been found. 

Over 100 meters.  Nothing. 

By 110 meters, Deon stood outside with K, the new house owner.  The look on K’s face was far more a grimace than a grin as he stood there, ears muffed, and stared at the machine. 

Deon came back inside from the cold loud after 115m. 

They would not be able to drill deeper than 120meters. 


And we did not get water. 


Deon felt ill all night. 


The machines were packed up, and the drill guys went home. 

At a cost of 25 000Kronor, which is about $3000 (US),  this drilling exercise was a total waste.  30 meters away the neighbours have a great borehole giving lots of good clean water.  But here, in front of the flat we rent,  there is nothing useful. 


This last week, facebook feeds from South Africa have been blaring the despair.  Huge water restrictions across several parts of South Africa. 

Calls for prayer for rain. 

Drought declared in KZN. 


And just recently they found water on Mars.  Not really the kind I would choose to drink, but they found it. 

I tried to google how much it cost to find that water.  Glaring silence in that regard. 

My google search of ‘’”What did it cost to find water on Mars?”  delivered articles on what this means for the world, ten facts why this is an outstanding discovery, and even this bizarre headline on buzzfeed:  Why Scientests Finding Water On Mars Is Blatant Misogyny. 


We live in a crazy crazy crazy world. 


What we really need to survive is just meters away. 

But how to get it to our taps, is an expensive, complicated, time-consuming endeavour. 


After our time in Africa, where collecting after is really hard work, I can never just open a tap to drink and take good clean water fro granted again. 


And even in this ‘first world’ country, where such necessities are so taken for granted, God reminds us again and again. 

We cannot put our trust in man.  People will fail.  They will look in all the wrong places, thinking of making life good for the here and now.  But this is really not all there is. 

A bit of discomfort to get water is not the very worst thing in the world.  It regularly reminds me of finding fresh springs in Him,  coming to Him again and again for refreshing, just as we need to fill up our water canisters at school again and again.  The jugs we fill today need to be topped up within days again. 

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And our focus is never ever meant to be on earthly comfort.  All of this is temporary.  Do not get your butt so settled in a good chair that you miss out on all the living that is still coming! 

God also gives this hope, over and over: 

John 16:33  The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

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And He reminds me of the deep deep passion that continues to well up in my soul- 


That ALL people, in ALL places would come to know what it is to find the true Living Waters. 

Those waters that well up from inside and truly fulfil.  Waters that are not filled with tiny little bits of dirt that will always force their way through filters.  Waters that do not cost anything to enjoy. 

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. (Rev 22:17, ESV) 

Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’"  (John 7:38 NLT) 




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