Within an hour of Bobby the dog's vigil (see previous posting) two men arrived to connect us to the water mains. It took them next to no time.
This is the house end of things - a stop tap cum water meter. . .
. . . and this is the water main connection - cleverly tapped into the live main without spilling a drop.
Within a couple of hours the trench was back-filled and the taps in the water tower were functioning. Why was it that we had to borrow water from a neighbour in order to supply our building site and were able to complete the building works in the time it has taken to connect to the water mains? Only the sewer to connect - tomorrow.