Water, we take it for granted. Turn the spigot and out it flows.
At our cabin the water is supplied by a mutual water company run by volunteers. The system is drained in the fall and awaits the melting of snow to be turned back on. This year the snow is slow to melt.
I have a back-up plan. I left six gallons of drinking water and a five gallon Igloo container filled with water. For non-potable water uses I have this 120 quart stock pot in which we melt snow. By being very careful with my use, I can get by for three or four days.
Our time at the cabin without running water and our travels in the Roadtrek make me very aware of water usage. I find myself at home using the same strategies to conserve.
Here in California water is always an issue. There isn't enough and there are arguments as to who should get this valuable resource. Farmer's put up signs along the highway proclaiming a "government mandated dust bowl". Environmentalists point to diminished habitat and a reduction in fish populations due to water diversions. Home owners in one county are told to water their lawns only once or twice a week while other counties say they have no problem.
We take it for granted, turn the spigot and out it flows, maybe.