Monday, July 20, 2009
Water everywhere but not a drop to drink
Yesterday we were finishing lunch when our neighbor rang the bell. His basement was flooding. Something was wrong and they needed to turn the main line of water off (we live in a row house). It was Sunday and they wouldn’t be able to get it fixed until Monday afternoon. So we rushed to fill jars and bottles with water, started the dishwasher and filled the bathtub with water. Unfortunately the water was dirty. It turns out the neighbors pond had contaminated the water supply. So I had enough water to flush the toilets, but that’s it. The dishes only got half rinsed. We had no water for coffee, and I couldn’t even wash the dirty table because the water was dirty. I had to be home this morning to let the workers in and out of our house. My kitchen stank, and so did I (no shower). They finally turned the water on at 4:30 this afternoon. I did the stinky dishes, and cleaned up the dinning room and kitchen. Then I took a bath. I’m going to water my plants with contaminated water I have in bottles, and I’ll put in a supply of clean water. I even saved my bath water for the toilets. They said it may take them a few days to fix the problem. I feel sorry for my neighbor, because they have a flooded basement to clean up. I also have a new respect for all those people who walk miles every day for water. I was so unprepared to go without water. I never realized how much I rely on my ever present clean source of life!