Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Waaaater!



By now you all know that my country received a large volumes of rainfall to the extent that 80% of Manila is submerge in water. In fact La Mesa dam had to open its flood gates to release excess water from the dam since it was feared that the water could end up damaging the reservoir if not released.

However, there is nary a drop of water running in our faucet for 6 days now. Probably pipe lines were damaged by the flood. So imagine a day without water. I end up brushing my teeth in the morning with toothpaste and saliva (No rinsing!). No shower, no bath, no washing my face. No flushing the toilet. No coffee or tea.

I even have to take a bathe at the office, and thankfully the plant has its own water purifier, therefore I was able to bring home drinking water everyday. You see the lack of running water meant bathing in “bucket baths” (sitting in a bathroom floor with a bucket of water and bathing oneself). Since classes are cancelled, my boys spend hours on end queuing for the precious liquid at places where it is available.

Of course, I am dismayed that we do not have immediate water coming out of our faucet. And when at the middle of the day you see dishes piling up in the sink, you just want to scream. We however understand that this is temporary and that this is but just a little inconvenience that we would have to learn to do or do without - running water among them.

After learning techniques of conserving the little water we have, we found out that it really isn't as difficult as we thought it would be.

I felt confident in our new skills — we learned and adapted, and could adapt again.

10 comments:

Tracey said...

It must be awful! A small price to pay though, at least you are all safe & well. Bet you're all a bit smelly !!!! ROFL. XXX

Odette said...

hahaha...but i manage to take a bath everyday. somehow my boys always filled a big basin with water. its the laundry thats the problem...
xoxoxo

Tracey said...

Send me the washing, I'll do it!

NEO-CONDUIT said...

gggaaaaaahhhh I couldn't cope how could I not clean. That's rough hun, I hope it is resolved really soon!!!!
My hair is a grease pit after one day.
xoxo

Odette said...

i can't go a day w/o bathing too. and i need to bathe again before going to bed, so this is really freaking me out...
xoxoxox

Angry American said...

Damn Odette!
I don't think I could go very long without a good shower. If I was living in the wild I wouldn't care. But, at home I might go as far as to find a neighbor's pool and jump in if I felt scuzzy enough. lol

Fi from Four Paws and Whiskers said...

Had a tiny taste while in Auckland - they rely on rainwater and they hadn't had any for a while so had got the tanker out to fill it - and of course it then rained...everyday. However, we did do the if it's yellow,let it mellow....
Would hate to be unable to wash clothes tho!

Sid Brechin said...

Odette for drinkable or useful cleaning water filter it then add one drop of bleach per litre of water and let it sit uncovered about a half hour. The bleach kills any bacteria etc. Iodine will do the same thing. Better than either is something called halzone which is what the military carries in tablet form for just this purpose.

Odette said...

Finally!!! water was gushing out of our tap last night. i stayed up late cleaning the kitchen, and the bathroom, scrubbing the tile floor and the lavatory. The boys were doing the overdue laundry. what a relief!
xoxoxoxo

Bubble said...

I was just going to write how awful it must be then i read your comment lol!

pleased it is all ok now! xoxox

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