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Today's Problem: Water?

So today I should be doing wash and packing. But while I was getting the Young Lady off to school for her last 2 exams, I found that I couldn't turn the kitchen tap off completely. This is a symptom of low water pressure, and sure enough, the Mr. heard on the radio that there's a major water main break down the highway at Piney Branch Road.

They haven't locked down the main yet, so by using the basement bathroom, I was able to shower, and I'm running a load of cold water wash (mostly lingerie and some linen tops) - I hope it gets through the rinse before the water goes away entirely ... and I've been catching the trickle in the kitchen sink in every soup pot and bucket I can, to flush the johns and so on once the water goes off.

This is, BTW, the third time we've had water issues in 10 days. I feel like I'm living in a third-world country instead of one of the nation's wealthiest counties.



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Jun. 12th, 2008 12:21 pm (UTC)
Oh man, we had loss of water last year for a day or so (with no warning), and I thought I was going to go INSANE. No toilet flushing, no water to drink, NO HAND WASHING, yuck. I hope they get it fixed soon in your area.
Jun. 12th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)

Well, I heard the trickle into the bucket in the sink stop, and just went to check - the water pressure seems to be normal! So either they've fixed it already (which seems unlikely - the WSSC phone person said it would take 6-8 hours to fix) or they've set up "local water distribution" - I'm not sure how they do that, but I've heard a lot of big trucks driving up and down the street while I've been online.

I better go run hang up the cold wash so it will have a snowball's change of heck of drying before we leave tomorrow (the nylon bras should but maybe not anything else ... that's OK, the tops were for work when I get back).

Edited at 2008-06-12 01:22 pm (UTC)
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Jun. 12th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)

I ended up doing a separate post on this topic ... .

Jun. 12th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Well, it's slightly different - when I lived in a third-world country and we had no water, it was because it was the dry season and elephants smelled the water in the pipes and dug up the lines. XD We had a big rainwater tank next to the house and used that at those times, but it was a reasonably frequent hazard. :D
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