I get my water from a private well. It needs a well pump and a well pressure tank to work. My well pressure tank finally died. It must have been about 30 years old so I can't complain; except that it decided to die on some of the coldest snowy days in February. July would have been much better.
Luckily I know of a good contractor. Eric came in the snow and spent the entire day replacing the tank.
I had no idea how much going without water would be such an inconvenience. Using bottled water to drink is easy. What's really bad is having to go without taking a shower. You can wash your hands if you use the the water from a bottle. You can take a "sponge bath". It's just not the same.
So I melted some snow in cooking pots to have more water to use for washing. That helped a little.
What's the very worst part? You can't flush the toilet!
After one flush the tank is empty and won't flush again. I used some melted snow and bottled water to refill the tank but it takes a lot of water.
A well pressure tank is not a well pump. Here's a video that explains it.
It felt so good to get my water back.
I can understand how bad it must be for the people who have no water for a long time or even lose their home.