An awakening

27 Nov

Boil Water Notice

Well, wouldn’t you know it?  Thanksgiving holiday, everyone buggin out, business and municipalities closing early, and we get a cable contractor roll into town to bore a new line for their cable customer.   Naturally, they proceed to sever our secondary, but main, water line. 

We have two main lines feeding us.  One is an old 6″ AC (Asbestos Concrete), and the other is an 8″ PVC (Schedule 900).  Of course, they hit the AC line, spilling our entire water supply.  Water tower, empty.  Surface tanks, empty.  Distribution lines, empty.

Our main water department employee is (after a double knee replacement) rehabbing.  Our primary contractor is headed to Abilene for the holidays.  The office was closed early, as a reward for a job well done and some needed time off, for the girls.

Calls went out and people went to work.  That water department employee was available on the telephone.  Others showed up.  Pumps were turned off (to keep them from burning up).  Girls returned to work to answer a couple of hundred telephone calls.  They prepared and placed the notices, notified all businesses, called the fire department, got notices to every door, contacted television stations, and arranged telephone notifications (via country response system) to all affected residents.  The State was notified, and the crews gathered.  Fortunately, we had the parts (inventory) on hand.  Just a few years ago this would not have even been thought of.  (Not only did the town not have the money to afford an inventory, but it didn’t have the people to think of having an inventory) 

The work, as I write, is progressing.  The contractor has been stopped.  The police have made sure that they will not return, like they had planned, on Friday to complete their job.  (We will not release them until the holiday, and weekend, have ended and people return to work.)  The line has been uncovered, the splice cut, and the clamps (and they are big ones) are ready to be attached.  Hopefully everything will be put back in place, and the new fix will hold the pressures of a fully charged 8″ water line, with miles of water behind it. 

If it does, then the process of re-charging the system will begin.  With that will come the long process of flushing out the entire system.  Fire hydrants and flush out valves will be used to do this job.  It will take us about 24 hours to re-charge the system.  Once completed, and the air is removed from the system, water samples will be taken and sent to the lab for analysis.  Once the analysis comes back, and it’s declared to be clean, the State will be notified and should release the boil water notice.  Life will return to normal.

This is the amount of work that municipalities have to go through to be sure that our drinking water is safe.  Residents, though inconvenienced, are simply waiting in their homes.  Hoping to still have a Thanksgiving to be grateful for.

What this did do, however, is to show us (again) how vulnerable we really are.  How vulnerable all of us are.  Although we have good people in every slot, and were able to respond like few others could have (Try taking your entire town off line completely and see how long it takes it to get back up and running with a clean bill of health), this shows us just how much we are at risk.  No water?  No hygiene, no bathroom, no cooking, no drinking.  No shit.  Literally!

Now I might be able to address, again, the possibility I have been working towards.  That of a well, with a reverse osmosis purification system. 

We removed one of our surface tanks a few years ago, and made the room for just such a system.  It is on the same plot of land where our other surface tank and pump house are located.  Perfect location, with easy access.  Cinder block walls would protect it from observation and hazard.  A system like this could pay for itself in a matter of a couple of years, and insure the town’s complete (100%) autonomy.  It is the last piece of the puzzle for this place to indeed be a Citadel.  Fort Winfield. 

We have generation, surface water, land, railroad, interstate highway, state highway, and location, location, location.  On the County line between two other larger, but still small (under 14,000 pop.) agricultural towns, we are in the perfect place for an old fashioned trading post.  Think that this is out of the question?  Think again.

This is the reason why we should all get involved.  Only through our direct involvement will any of us be truly prepared for what many of us know is coming.  Only through the daily investment of our time, our brains, our persuasion, and our results, will anything actually change.  Yes, we can buy bullets and beans.  We can armor up.  We can take every precaution for the coming storm.  What good will that do when what is heading our way might not actually be a tornado, but a giant tsunami?

Do we have time?  I don’t know.  Will we get our own water source and treatment facility?  I don’t know.  What I do know is that nothing will get done without effort.  I know that life is not on this keyboard, but in the field.  The field of life.  If it turns out to be insufficient, so be it.  At least we tried.  I know that, as things already stand, we will outlive our neighbors.  Is that enough?  No.   But then, we are not finished yet.  This was but another one of those ‘awakenings’ for us here.

What are you doing?  What are you actually doing?  What are you really doing?

Get involved.  Do it for yourself.  Or don’t cry when the boogie man shows up at your house.  Which he surely will.  No one can survive alone.  To think that you can, is to bullshit yourself.  You can bullshit yourself all you want.  As long as you don’t live around me, or mine.  I, for one, will not waste a split second on anyone that lives on bullshit.  Will not speak, nor intertwine myself, with the ‘already dead’.


Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized


20 responses to “An awakening

  1. rogerunited

    November 27, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    But, Murray Rothbard said governments are bad, mkay? Stop coercing people, mkay?

    Seriously, though, are you prepping your whole town?

    • The Soffitrat

      November 27, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Seriously, yes. Been doing it for about seven years. Our employees really can carry. In City vehicles. If they so choose. We also conduct CCL schools in the City Hall, on the weekends, from time to time. Everything is optional. It’s a freedom of choice.

  2. Jamie

    November 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    rat, Wow, that is darned impressive reaction time! Sanitation and clean water is one of my biggest fears in a collapse situation. Germs, bugs and vermin won’t care that you are prepared if everyone around you creates health hazards with poor sanitation practices. I know some moron will decide to dump a black water holding tank or something like used chemicals in the storm drain and contaminate our local creeks.

    The best idea I have come up with for dealing with trash is burning it in barrels. I have really dropped the amount of trash I generate since I started prepping, but I still generate some trash. I have a couple of plans for dealing with human waste that I will be setting up next year. One big advantage to cutting up wood is that I have plenty of sawdust/wood chips for a Humanure compost setup or a really neat outhouse idea that is good for up to 30 people.

    • The Soffitrat

      November 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks, Jamie. The people responded well. We were back up and running that night. Now we still have to get the State to lift the boil water notice. It was a good test for us.

  3. Dannyboy53

    November 28, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    This is an example for others to follow, very impressive job! I’m wondering what percentage of cities of comparable size around the country can boast of having the abilities/accomplishments of Winfield’s citizens?

    A potential tragedy demonstrated on a large scale about the importance of an alternate water supply. I’ve no doubt the people of Winfield are well aware of this concept, but have people in the surrounding areas learned from this? If not they will learn the hard way, that’s sad.

  4. Jamie

    November 28, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Darn you, My good neighbor works for the city and has been suggesting quite strongly that I get involved with a couple of city programs that could incorporate some of the prepping things I do like using rain barrels to help control storm run off. Of course those barrels also give folks a nearby water supply that can be minimally treated for drinking or used for keeping lawns and gardens watered. Not a small consideration living in high dessert!

    Oh course most of the ideas need to be framed/sold as being “Green” rather than making people self-reliant.

    • Dannyboy53

      November 29, 2013 at 12:07 am

      Good idea Jamie! You know already but there are all sorts of uses for runoff captured in barrels. Screens over the top would keep out a lot of contaminates but even without treatment it could be used for many things, like washing clothes or watering a small garden.

      Mary and I have several 30 gallon plastic barrels in which we mounted faucets near the bottom 2-3 inches up to avoid any sediment. The summer of 2012 we were in drought conditions here with the creek on our property dying up. Water we had stored from the last rains in these barrels helped us keep down the water bill with our three horses! The water table in the well in our pasture (an old house place) dropped drastically and took as long as thirty minutes to refill to the point we could draw more. A gallon and a half every thirty minutes was a real pain in the butt, “Missy”, Spirit” and “Kismet” did not want to hear that crap, they just wanted water!!

      • Jamie

        November 29, 2013 at 12:40 am

        Danny I was stunned by how much rain water hits my roof and I have a small home of 1240 sq.feet. I could collect in an average year over 3000 gallons of rain water just from the roof if I had enough water storage, and I live in a dessert!

        I have seen some people add a small bucket (3-5 gallons) filled with layers of rock, sand and activated charcoal that set on top of the rain barrel that do a great job of filtering the rain water. I have not tried that idea out yet.

        Instead of cities restricting rain barrels they should be encouraging the use as all of the water will end up in the ground but in a more controlled release, that would help with flooding during down pours and it won’t hurt the people with water rights.

        With the enviromentalists it is seldom about the enviroment but it’s all about control and protecting their “habitat”.

        • Dannyboy53

          November 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

          Oh my gosh Jamie you hit the nail on the head Lady! This business of enviro-wackos going after people because they are capturing rain water is infuriating just to put it mildly. We get royalties from natural gas beneath our property because it is ours, I figure anything falling out of the sky over our property is ours too (excluding the bird crap!) so I don’t give a rats rear end what they don’t like. We had our barrels set under the edge of the barn roof and it’s amazing how much water came off our 1800 sq ft roof.

          I haven’t tried the buckets either but will, thanks!

        • The Soffitrat

          November 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

          But Jamie! What would they do without their idiocratic taxes on runoff??? You realize, don’t you, that most towns and cities actually charge a runoff tax? Things are beyond ‘out of control’ in America. Fortunately, we don’t (and never will) tax rain water runoff. Check it out though. Most towns do. From Dallas to the little towns around us. Hell, we still have old cisterns under a few of the houses in this town! They make great storm/fallback shelters. About 20′ deep X 8-10′ in diameter. Brick with concrete overlay. They are over 100 years old and still in excellent shape. Locating them is the problem. We had one old house we removed (it was caving in on itself) and underneath was one such cistern. It had a 30″ round hole, leading down about four feet to where it spread out into a cavern (described above) and was in excellent shape. I had to fill it in for safety reasons. We have school kids and this was just an open hole. It took more than 30 yards of sandy loam to fill it in. It was either two, or three dump trucks. What a waste! It was directly under the old house, and history went with it.

  5. The Soffitrat

    November 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    “We get royalties from natural gas beneath our property because it is ours, I figure anything falling out of the sky over our property is ours too (excluding the bird crap!) so I don’t give a rats rear end what they don’t like.”

    Try to build a lake in Texas (more than 10 acres) and find out who owns the water. I’ve got two (approx. 5 acres) that are grandfathered. But, Danny. 10 acres, or more, and you’ve got to put in a spillway pipe for drainage, so that the State can come by and drain ‘their’ water from you. Their thinking is that it falls from ‘their’ sky, so it belongs to them. I wonder if we could then sue them for storage fees when they come to take it? Anyway, they watch you on satellite, so it’s impossible to slide it by them. Assholes…

    • Dannyboy53

      November 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Yep I agree, storage fees and a fee for crossing your property! After all, regimes at Federal and State level charge We the People a fee for entering “public land” that WE own!

      When the regimes’ goons come to TAKE any property from others, they should be stopped by ANY means necessary. Whatever it takes…whatever it costs.

      That’s what our nations Founders/citizens did.

  6. Dannyboy53

    November 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Isn’t it amazing Soffitrat, various regimes claim to own the runoff but yet want to charge property owners a “tax” for it! That action implies ownership doesn’t it?! I’m no lawyer but it seems that might make an interesting court case.

    Van Buren County Ar (Quorum Court) where our property is located levied a tax on natural gas royalties and very few people knew it was coming, we were blindsided again. I sent them a letter asking on what authority did they base this decision? Show me in the U.S. and State Constitutions where they have the right to TAKE money from me. My wife & I own the property and mineral rights by law, we made a deal to sell the gas to Southwestern Energy (SWN). Somebody explain to me how in hell does Van Buren Co and the regime of Arkansas come into this?! They do this at the national, state and local levels BECAUSE WE LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT!

    Remember the school ground bullies? They badgered other kids without mercy if nothing was said or done. But when someone got enough then knocked something out of them that whistled like a wire nail the bully moved on.

    There isn’t enough of that going on anymore.

    • The Soffitrat

      November 29, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      We are past the stage where England was when the Beatles wrote the song, Tax Man. We are now where England was around 911. And catching up fast! At the rate we are going, there will be no laws in another 5 years. Oh, there will be laws. That’s what they’ll call the extortion. It won’t hold a meaning and few will comply. I figure that assassination will be a part of our society by then. Going both ways. Our children will see it with their own eyes.

      • Dannyboy53

        November 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm

        “Our children will see it with their own eyes.”

        ‘rat, your statement is the MOST heartbreaking part of all this. We are catching heck right now to be sure but our children and grandchildren will have to live in a terrible tyranny day to day with NO chance or resources to turn it around.

        We MUST do ANYTHING to stop this, regardless of the cost and it will be high.

        • The Soffitrat

          November 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm

          Time will tell what will happen. These are stunning events we are witnessing, and this is the most amazing time (in History) to be alive. How everything concludes will, indeed, be largely up to us. Our willingness, or unwillingness to comply with tyranny.

  7. Dannyboy53

    November 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Exactly! Some that are joining us now, late in the game, may very well “cross over to the dark side” again when the situation gets worse. And it will. They will not be able to handle the heat. Those will have every reason to rat out the others, it fits their definition of survival.

    • The Soffitrat

      November 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      I am sure that we have many (un-educated) individuals who simply do not have any appreciation as to what liberty is. Then there are those died-in-the-wool communists, and although they (like the others) don’t have any more of an idea of what that is, they will rat on their neighbors without conscience. Times will be hard for the true American. The one who loves and will die for his freedoms. Keeping up to speed with technology and the various means to stay off the radar, will make life more difficult. But not impossible. Intel lines will have to be established, and methods will have to be learned, developed, and improved, on a daily basis.

      • Dannyboy53

        November 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm

        My point exactly, you said it very well.


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