About 1 month after I had rigged up at our first trial site, I was visiting with some of the hands, asking how they liked the water and ice supply. The feedback was really good, some of it in ways that I had not considered. For instance, I never thought about the issue of trying to wash clothing in stinky, hard, biologically challenged water. For one of the guys, the best part of having the Water Rig on site was that he was able to do laundry at the site again, and actually end up with good smelling, clean clothes. Another commented on how the iced tea actually tasted good, and was clear! Small things that meant a lot to guys who have to live in pretty bad conditions all around.
At some point I found the tool pusher, Andy. Andy looked like he probably belonged to a nefarious biker gang. I asked him if there was anything we could do for him, like provide some igloo coolers, or canteens. He put his hand on my shoulder, looked me in the eye, and said, “You don’t need to do anything else, what you have done for us is more than anyone else has in the 20 years I have been working in the business.” I saw moisture in his eyes, and I realized that he had been genuinely impacted by what I considered a simple act. You might expect this response in a village in Africa or Guatemala, but I was in Lee County, Texas a couple miles off of the highway.
We take clean, safe water for granted in this amazing country of ours, but even in the midst of our modern capabilities, there are small bands of workers scattered around dealing with the prospect of unsafe water conditions. Andy reminded me of the impact that clean water can make on a life, and what it is like to be able to change that for a person.