I bet they don't have problems with the plumbing freezing and I'll take my chances on forest fires and earthquakes. My laundry room plumbing was frozen this morning, but it's in the unheated mud room so I wasn't entirely surprised, just pissed because I'd just poured liquid laundry detergent all over my clothes before finding out there was no water.
Now, tonight, the rest of the plumbing is frozen....or maybe the well itself, since the pump can't pump without going clunk clunk clunk. The toilet can't flush, the dishes can't get washed, and I can't have a long soak in the tub. I hate winter.
At the landlord's request, I put my little electric oil heater on the top of the well in the little space under the house for the night. There are some aspects of rural living that I could do without. Carol, if you hear fire trucks in the night, come rescue us!