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Thank goodness for these April showers. I don't believe we ever had a winter when I needed soft water as I did last winter, and then to have that cistern go dry in January after we have been so saving." Mother cheerfully exclaimed as the heavens opened up with a real spring cleanup rain. She turned to father and said, '"What will we do about a cistern? Another winter will come and much too soon."
Turner, Arthur W.
"Soft Water for the Housewife,"
The Iowa Homemaker: Vol. 5
, Article 5.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/homemaker/vol5/iss11/5