Showers were one of the first things to go when the spring dried up at the Markegard ranch south of Half Moon Bay.
Forced to rely on trucked-in water, the four children — ages 4, 6, 7 and 12 — now bathe once a week, often sharing the same tub of water.
“The cleanest kid goes first,” said their mother, Doniga Markegard, 33, who on a recent morning soaked her two youngest, daughters Quince and Quill, followed by 7-year-old Larry. “As my grandmother said, ‘Wash your pits and parts, and you’re good to go.’”
Written by: KURTIS ALEXANDER – continue at SFGATE