Markegard siblings Quill (left), Quince and Larry take their weekly bath together to save water at their family home in Half Moon Bay. The family runs a small ranch and is trying to get by amid a severe water shortage.  Photo: Leah Millis / The Chronicle
Markegard siblings Quill (left), Quince and Larry take their weekly bath together to save water at their family home in Half Moon Bay. The family runs a small ranch and is trying to get by amid a severe water shortage. Photo: Leah Millis / The Chronicle

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

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