Before we could lay the turf I wanted to get a new water tank organised to hold the rainwater for our drinking supplies.
Since time began in my little village drinking water has been stored in clay pots (โอ่งน้ำ). You can see the two of ours that we
are were using in the background of this photo.
Although an old romatic at heart some things become too impractical to keep. With the increase in people living on the block these jars were now too small. They also were not the cleanest things you have ever seen so we decided it was time to upgrade and add even more plastic into our lives.
On two previous trips into Det Udom and Ubon Ratchathani we visited various businesses selling water tanks yet no one had anything bigger then 2,500 litres unless it was in the cheap black plastic that has a reputation for not lasting very long. I showed one shop owner a 2,500 litre tank that he had on display and asked him if he could get in a 5,000 litre model for me. ‘ไม่ได้’ (can not) came the reply as i expected ‘ไม่มี’ (no have). I took a photo of the tank and a close up of the sticker showing the company details and when I got home looked them up online. With in half an hour we had a 5,000 litre, Aqua Clear Elixer water tank on order with a production time of three days. That gave us enough time to organise transport from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani as soon as it was ready.
The tank cost 18,900 baht ($600) and delivery for the 600km trip was a massive 3,000 baht or $95!
Before it arrived we had to make a home for it so my brother in law set to work and before long everything was ready for it’s arrival.
Life in a small village is pretty slow going so the arrival of a new water tank is an ‘event’ (so much so that I feel the need to dedicate an entire blog to it) so quite a few neighbours came out to have a butchers (take a look).
Once it was off the truck it was just a matter of utilising the tank tourists muscles and lifting it into its new home.
With that job out of the way it was time to finally lay some turf! (TBC)