We have only a very limited supply of water and so the women and children are doing most of the laundry at the pila. We found that our nice washing machine uses 25 gallons of water per load of laundry, but you can do the same amount of laundry at the pila using only 5 gallons. This is a lot of work that we could use elsewhere. We use rain water in the washer when it rains, but that has been sparse as has been the city water. Sure could use a well!