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Filed under: April 2007

Water Part 1

The Business of Water

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing” Oscar Wilde

I have never had to carry water home on my head, but I have sucked feverishly on a piece of hose to start it flowing down a hill into my house. This was quite some time ago, on an acre of property in the mountains of southern Spain. This was not the plains where most of the rain fell, but the parched south where normally not a drop was to be seen from spring through fall. The weather held strategic place in the scheme of life here, and winter rains were key to survival. Without them wells and springs ran dry, and life in El Colmenar was affected on a grand scale.

Living outside the town’s water supply meant a daily ritual that started with Continue…

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