You never know what or when your preparing for. And, you can not be prepared for everything. Sunday afternoon I was doing laundry and the washer suddenly lost water pressure and the flow slowed to a stop. I shut it down, went outside to check the breaker. Tripped, so I reset it, it ran for a few seconds and tripped again. Ok, there goes my ongoing emergency supply of water. I bought a gas generator, still new in the box, to power the pump for 10 – 15 minutes at a time to fill barrels. As long as 10 gallons of reserve gas, and what gas is in the vehicles lasts, I can get water. But with no working pump, that wasn’t going to do me any good. The well guy was out fishing so it was going to be Monday afternoon before he could come and drop in a new pump, no problems. I have 2 – 20 gallon barrels for washing and 20 - 2 liter jugs for drinking. Monday afternoon he came by and $575 later had it working. Now, I’m a bachelor and conserve water so really do not use a lot from the well. Biggest use is showering in the morning before work. The garden is all rain barrels except for really dry spells when I’ll use the hose. What I’m saying is that after the initial startup and testing, I did not need the pump to come back on Monday at all. So, I get up Tuesday, breakfast and all then turn the water on for a shower. Nothing. So, heat up some water for a 2 gallon cleanup and off to work. He’s dropping by tonight to see what the problem is. Moral of the story? I thought I had the water issue licked but fate threw me the one thing I did not prepare for, pump going on the blitz. Have a reserve pump you say? What if the nest time it is a hole in the pipe going down to the pump, should I also have 165’ of 1 ¼” flexible black pipe handy? What if the galvanized pipe up top breaks, need I store all those pieces too? Naw, you can only think of so many things to have extra, and only so many I can afford to buy. At this point I could not afford to buy a $300 or so pump to have around in case something happened. If this was a long term situation with no one or no parts available I would have to barter with the neighbors for water.