Cold Water in Summer – Got Ice


I’ve lived in Tucson/Oro Valley area for almost 10 years now.  On Aug. 1 I left Oro Valley for a two week road trip back to Ohio where I was born and grew up.  I also graduated from High School at Ontario High in 1968, this was the 40th anniversary class reunion.  I have friends and family all along the way so decided to turn this into my first ever extended road trip.  I got back on Aug. 16th 2008.Cold Water on Tap

I saw a lot of things I had forgotten or not thought about in a very long time.  Like rivers with water in them.  WOW, did you know there are rivers with water in them?

When I got to Ohio late on a Friday night I was a bit parched.  I’m blessed with taste buds with an on/off switch effect meaning if I breath through my mouth I can limit the effects of taste.  When drinking water from a tap, I usually go into “taste buds off” mode.

I ran the tap for about 10 seconds, old habit from the days of lead solder, and filled my freshly unwrapped insulated cup.  I took a deep breath and drank away.  I almost choked, the water was cold, not just a little cold, IT WAS COLD COLD!  I had forgotten you could get cold water from a tap.  I was impressed, so much so I grabbed my camera and took a picture of the cold water.

I’ve told this story twice on my trip and both time I was asked, “How do you take a picture of cold water?”   I didn’t realize that was so hard.  I explained, “I made sure to show the handle on the cold side with the water running.”  That makes sense doesn’t it?

Oro Valley Cold Water from the Tap

There isn’t any way to get cold water from a tap in Oro Valley or Tucson for that matter.  Since it doesn’t freeze here the waterlines and pipes aren’t buried very deep.  It might not freeze here but it does get hot, very hot for extended periods of time.  The earth with the clay in it serves as a solar heater all summer long.  Most of the summer I can take a shower and not even turn on the hot water.  (Up effect, water heater bills in summer are less).

If you want cold water in summer here, you get a lot of ice and put it in your glass. You can also get it from the refrigerator door or bottle. You won’t get it from the tap.  The tap water isn’t hot enough to make tea or hot chocolate, but who in their right mind drinks hot chocolate when it is 110 outside?  Don’t answer that.

If the only place you have ever lived is Oro Valley or the desert southwest, that first cup of cold water might really startle you.  It might leave you wondering how they got the water line to the sink to pass through the refrigerator.  Believe it or not there are some places in this country where cold water comes right out of the tap, and it tastes pretty good too.