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  • Left the water running!

    I am so terribly embarrassed that I almost hate to come clean here. So angry with myself! I was filling up the water troughs in the fields(well water) and doing too many things at once. I usually leave the long red trough brush in the aisle to remind me that water is running. But I didn't. Forgot to. Got distracted doing other barn chores. Finished chores and went up to the house!! 2 hours later came back down to ride and saw the pump handle up and #%@&! took off running, closed the handle, and looked at all the water just flowing over the rim of the trough and down the field! I recycle, turn lights off when I leave a room, keep thermostat low, etc etc. This has made me so upset that I could waste all this water--especially from a well!! Is there such a thing as an auto shut off for the water--not that this is ever going to happen again---when it has been running for a certain amount of time? Just makes me sick to think that I let this happen.

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    Been there and done that about 100 times over the years couple times it ran all night. They make a flaot you can attach to your tank and hook the hose to that will shut it off when full. But if its below freezing your hose will freeze full of water then freeze back to your hydrant.
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    • #3
      Happens to the best of us . When we do it, it gets expensive as we are on a water line and pay for every drop.
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      • #4
        You want embarrassing? Try doing it INSIDE a boarding barn.........even a trickle turns into a flood.
        DON"T ask me how I know that. Just don't.
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        • #5
          Just remeber the water goes back into the ground and eventually the aquafer your well draws from
          you have no idea how many times i came home from the office to see water running down the road!!! from hose left on all day.....

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          • #6
            I've done it more times than I care to remember (HA!) Not from a well, but city water I pay for. My dad has also done it before w/out remembering while farm sitting. I didn't notice it until I came home so it had been running ALL DAY!! (At least 8 hours.) He offered to pay my water bill that month since he made the mistake.

            Luckily I don't forget when it's winter since I know the hose will freeze quicker than anything.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by strawberry roan View Post
              I am so terribly embarrassed that I almost hate to come clean here. So angry with myself! I was filling up the water troughs in the fields(well water) and doing too many things at once. I usually leave the long red trough brush in the aisle to remind me that water is running. But I didn't. Forgot to. Got distracted doing other barn chores. Finished chores and went up to the house!! 2 hours later came back down to ride and saw the pump handle up and #%@&! took off running, closed the handle, and looked at all the water just flowing over the rim of the trough and down the field! I recycle, turn lights off when I leave a room, keep thermostat low, etc etc. This has made me so upset that I could waste all this water--especially from a well!! Is there such a thing as an auto shut off for the water--not that this is ever going to happen again---when it has been running for a certain amount of time? Just makes me sick to think that I let this happen.
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                #8
                Thank you thank you!! Feel better knowing that there are others out there. Even got a chuckle from GollyGee as I could just imagine seeing it running down the road.

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                • #9
                  Only two hours, we've done a lot of overnighters and yes it is sickening.........but funny too. Thankfully in my house where all our hoses are attached we can hear the water running. My youngest has super hearing and will pad into the living room "there is water running". Try leaving the water running in the Koi pond, I swear I have nightmares of them just floating out.
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                  • #10
                    Someone, whos name has been changed to protect the guilty, (not me),left the sprinkler going in our indoor once. We had an indoor pool for about a week. Multi tasking is for the young.

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                    • #11
                      My BO has a gas pump nozzle on the end of the hose. When the water level reaches the end of the nozzle, it automatically shuts off. You'd have to rig up some kind of bracket to hold the nozzle for a stock tank, but it could work.

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                      • #12
                        Attempts to create/re-create rivers, ponds, and swamps are fairly common in the equine world.

                        One way to help remind you to turn off the water is to use a kitchen timer. Or, if you've got an digital watch, many have "alarm" functions. Some cell phones also have alarm functions.

                        The worst damage you can do (and I know this from personal experience) is run a well dry and/or burn out your pump or electronic controls. Now you're talking real money and real inconvienience. Hence, the kitchen time (a cheap memory aid ).

                        You might want to check your system and see if you have a "low pressure cut off switch" on your pump or pressure tank. These are not very expensive and will cut off the pump if the pressure falls (as a result of reduced flow). They have a "reset lever" that allows easy recharging of the system after water levels have returned to normal.

                        Don't feel too bad. The worst you did was made some mud. Time will fix the error!

                        G.
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                        • #13
                          Friend has told me about filling up trough and hending out on holidays. Got to the boarder and had to call neighbour to turn water off...
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                          • #14
                            Hah! If I had a nickel for every time I've forgotten that the water was running, I'd be a wealthy woman. I have actually gone off to work for an entire day and discovered my idiocy when I got home -- water, water everywhere. Obviously had a very deep well because I never ran it dry. I like your idea of leaving the scrub brush in the aisle as a reminder. I have auto waterers in my big fields now, but still use the Rubbermaid troughs in the smaller paddocks so it still happens, just not so frequently.
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                            • #15
                              Wow -- when I've done this (many MANY times, and usually INSIDE the barn) or someone else has done it in our barn, and I am wailing and whining, it is never from a "green"/conservation perspective. We are on a well and I figure what goes around comes around -- not that I'd advocate waste on a daily basis.

                              I usually have other things to be lamenting -- horse standing in slop, wasted bedding, muddy aisle, damaged belongings. Each time I swear it will NEVER EVER happen again.
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                              • #16
                                Okay, I'll confess as well.

                                It seems to be that we have so much to do that to just stand there while the trough is filling is wasting time. At least that is my excuse. However, I did get into major trouble with hubby when I left the water running for 3 days one winter. Yes, that is not a typo. Luckily we have an unlimited amount of water from our well. Unfortunately the cows didn't much like their skating rink.

                                So hubby's solution is to put a hose there that can't quite reach the stock tank so that you have to stand there and hold it.

                                Oh well, I figure it all went back down into the land after it melted. We all make mistakes.

                                Nancy!

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                                • #17
                                  ROFL, we have had so many conversations on the way to the beach "Did you turn the water off?" " I think so......pause........I can't remember" our poor neighbors. hee
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                                  • #18
                                    Hay

                                    Oh please, me too! I've left the water running.

                                    But think how fresh the water is in the tank!!!
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                                    • #19
                                      Heck, I think everyone has done it at least once. I know that I have, and I'm on piped water. The bill that month was interesting!!
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                                      • #20
                                        Garden stores and hardware stores sell those little timers you put on your hydrant and they only let water run so long before they turn off.

                                        They are made for sprinkler systems, so they come on and go off at set times and are relative cheap little timers.

                                        Some of those may be just what you need on your hydrant and set it to run only for as long as it will take to fill your tank.

                                        Just don't forget to turn on your timer.

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