Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Smelly Halloween

Our water is out, again. We have drinking water, that's not the problem. What we don't have is that liquidy-goodness that's supposed to flow from the faucet when I turn the handle. I turn it... and... nothing. Earlier there was a tiny drip but now it's completely dry. The containers on the roof are full, we've been told, it's just not getting to us.

Right. I figured that out already.

This has been a problem since we moved in last May. New development, still under construction, you'd be stupid not to expect a few bumps along the way. Our first month in the condo we had water or electricity, never both. So you bathed in the dark or stank in the light. About a month ago the developers said they installed a new pump so this shouldn't happen anymore, yet we've run out of water every four days for the past month.

Things were normal when we left for our morning run, but when we got home I went to wash my face, turned the handle and a teeny drop of water clung to the spout. Not the gush of water I was expecting. Sometimes air gets trapped in the pipes and if we let it run for a bit it fixes itself. Not this time.

That was five hours ago. We've told the developers twice that there's no water, yet I'm still sitting here in my running clothes. Smelling wonderfully. It's supposed to be over 95° today and we don't have air so I'll leave the rest to your imagination. To answer your question, Yes, I can bathe with the drinking water but it brings to mind the richies who wash with Evian and it just feels so wrong. I did break down and washed my face, but I draw the line there.

Update: Apparently, ahem, la bomba no esta funcionando y necesita cambiar con la otra. No habia agua hasta manana. No water until tomorrow. Fantastic.

I did finally bathe around 3pm when Ibis got home and filled up a couple buckets downstairs. Phew!


Kate Boddie said...

You have a very quirky blog and I like it! The whole water thing is something that's hilarious with time between you and the event but when you can see the stink waves emanating from your body, that's just not cool. If you're interested, I'd like to do a link/banner exchange. Feel free to email me if you're interested! Great blog!

DamaNegra said...

Heheh, I seem to recall a whole neighborhood blocking a very important street because they weren't getting any running water either. It's a national problem. Viva Mexico! Or something.

Melanie Avila said...

Ha, I'd believe it. They're always parading about something here & we were once stopped by men who wanted money for removing dirt from the street after a rainstorm.