Charlie May gets all watery
HE'S seen drought, he's seen flood, and now Charlie May is ready to see in retirement after 30 years as Coffs Harbour's water carrier.
Charlie has sold his water cartage business to fellow Karangi local Gerry Tarrant, who has been learning the ropes with Charlie as he hauls his last deliveries.
It was back in 1984 that Charlie set up his water cartage business, when the construction company he had been working for left town.
"I bought their water truck," Charlie said.
"At the time, there was only one other water carrier in the area."
It can be a tough area to work in, with weather conditions meaning inconsistency in work.
"In droughts you can make a lot of money, but it can also rain for six months," he said.
In the early days, Charlie found himself working in the funeral industry during the wet times when there was little demand for water.
He has also worked on various subdivisions
from Woolgoolga, and in most areas throughout
the Coffs Coast.
"In times of drought, everyone loves you, but when it starts to rain, no one wants to know you," he said.
"I've met some great people who have become friends, though."
Charlie is leaving his business in good hands.
"Gerry's very capable," he said.
"He's got the same number, so there aren't too many changes happening."