One Thursday night we were suddenly without water. An inspection of the spring house revealed that our well pump had been freaking out, turning on and off quickly, over and over again. After not too long it overheated and a safety shutoff prevented it from running until it cooled off again. Clearly untenable.
Joel and I spent the better part of two days in the 100F+ heat replacing the well pump and finding out that one of the pressure tanks had failed as well. In the end the system is better off than it was and we know a lot more about this antiquated, eccentric system. For more background there's a old blog entry about it.
During the two days without water we drank from our stored backup water supplies in the house. The garden was a different story. Nicole and I hauled many 5 gallon buckets of water out of the creek to make sure our garden didnt succumb to the summer heat. Well worth the effort though!