Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Interruption To Water Supply!


We have lived here for exactly 20yrs 234days and in all that time we have never had a 'major' interruption to our water supply. Because we live in a village we have the occasional day about once a year where they 'flush the pipes' to flush out the 'bits' probably because we actually don't have enough houses to keep a good flow going! That takes about 4 hours usually sometime between 10.00 and 15.00.

Last week we got a letter, so we have had about 6 days notice, which stated 'Wessex Water will be carrying out essential improvement work on the water distribution network in your area and this will involve interrupting the supply to your property from:
23.30hrs on Wednesday 30th July until 15.30 hrs on Thursday 31st July 2008
I thought, well that's not so bad, but then I thought that includes early morning and the usual early rush for the loo! Some men seem to have an alarm clock set to there bowels and when they need to go theres no waiting they have to go, well I married one of those (although I didn't realise it at the time), his morning ablutions are ridged, this I think is because he has A.D.D. Routine is paramount. I suggested he left for work earlier, No wouldn't consider, so I suggested he visited the loo once then left for work, No, he didn't like this either, so we could use buckets, this was acceptable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I bought two new buckets, one for use upstairs, one for downstairs. In the upstairs bathroom I will fill the bath with water the night before and everyone can
Scoop
Bucket
Chuck it!
Easy!!!
Downstairs is just a loo and wash hand basin! MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm!! Outside the back door is a very large water butt, so the bucket will have to be filled from there! Lets just hope its not raining like it has been the past few days!!!
Now water, just how much water does one use during this time scale? I though about filling pans and kettles etc. etc. then I plumped for the easy option, some very large bottles of water, 15 litres should be enough!
So I think we are ready, tonight everyone can shower, all animal waters will be filled all plants watered, dishes washed, uniforms washed (K has to wash a uniform each night she comes in from work).

See how easy we take water for granted, because its on 'tap' so to speak. If we always used the 'bucket & chuck it' method would we use the loo as much as we do now? What would we do differently? How did they cope before toilets?

5 comments:

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Good idea filling the bath so that everyone can scoop a bucket. But it is annoying being without water from the tap that long. When I was a child there was a period of weeks that we could not use the water from the tap for drinking as its quality was that bad so we had to get our drinking water from somewhere else. Not easy as in those days there was no bottled water for sale in the shops and we had no car so carting it back from a small village where they had decent drinking water was not easy either. I can't imagine living without water on tap.

Denise said...

We are fortunate in being part of the main water supply. Some houses in the village get their water from the stream and often have problems.

A cooler day here today so I am baking!

PS Take a look round our village over on my blog!

Cheryl said...

Libby.....how organised you are.....we take water for granted don't we? It is not until we do not have it we realise just how precious it is.........

Funny post though, thoroughly enjoyed it..........

Ex-Shammickite said...

My OlderSon is on well water which is pumped electrically, so if they have a power cut.... guess what... no water!

Joanna said...

Gosh what a lot to catch up on. I feel I'm back in the land of blogs now and it feels good. I have a seed that was given to me, and I would like to send it to you as I feel you might have more luck growing it than me. Could you email me your address (I should have it somewhere!)and I will pop it in the post to you.