World Water Day trended this morning on Twitter.
So many people never give water a thought; it is just there. Turn on a tap, washing machine, shower, it is there and good for use.
So many people also give water a though. It is not there. For many it is a travail to gather it, a worry to drink it.
I wanted to show what is happening to our water supply. Just to recap, we are in temporary rented accommodation as our farmhouse is uninhabitable and our farm water supply is undrinkable.
Last winter, we were without any supply at all for 39 days.
My husband supplied us in the temporary home with raw water taken from our farm, a few miles away.
I believe that the physical effort of lugging by tractor 200 gallons from farm to here, every three days, led directly to his heart attack.
The raw water which we had no alternative to use (due to being blocked in by snow) was directly responsible for our family's gastro intestinal problems and ongoing medical treatment for inflamed oesophagus problems.
These pictures are taken from our 'temporary' home. It is fed by a private water supply which is collected from hill water.
It really is a beautiful view.
Note the scar made by the Beauly to Denny power line. The Roman fort (to the left) will house an enormous pylon.
Note also the large white pile of stuff to the right of the picture.
I hope you are not eating as I zoom in on the next picture.
This is a picture of several hundred tons of human faeces. Note how well it is fenced off and how well the public notices are displayed.
And a few hundred tons more although this was taken a couple of years ago. The smell is indescribable and can make people vomit.
This is our water holding tank. Leaks a bit and had a huge crack 2/3rds down it. Green slime oozes out of it. I have an assumption that if things are able to ooze out of it, things are also able to ooze in to it.
The tank belongs to the landowner. The hill is dotted with such tanks which feed individual houses. Mine is one of the better tanks.
This picture shows the human faeces being spread. The water tank is slightly to the right of the spreader. A fine mist of human faeces can clearly be seen being spread very close to our water supply. The line of reeds which are centre right of the picture, grow over the old cast iron in parts/lead pipe which leads to our house.
This is a picture of human waste being spread just beside a small lochan - you cannot see the water as it is surrounded by trees and shrubs but it is fenced off for duck shooting. The water from the lochan runs into a burn , past a local beauty spot and famous salmon jump then runs into a tributary of the Tay.
Cattle were grazing the day that the human faeces was spread. Their pasture had a good coverage of 'sludge'. It would have been impossible for the cattle to avoid ingestion.
This is a picture of our water filters. They were changed a week ago and will need changing in another fortnight, perhaps sooner. If the filters are not renewed every three weeks, we do not receive water.
Our own farm water supply does not have a water filtration system as we have not found one which can cope with the level of pollutants and organic matter in our water.
Please give thanks when you turn on your tap and clean water pours out.
This is happening in Scotland, 2012. Many thousands of people are supplied by private water supplies.
I wish we all had clean water.