Posted 11-16-2004 at 16:57:49
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Water is an ongoing problem here, Cindi.
Under "normal" circumstances we have like 10-20 hours per week pressure on the waterpipes. As Patria said, most people here have a water supply system. We have 4 tanks with a total volume of 1500 gallons and a pump.
Whenever the water is not coming for more than a week we call a guy of the water company and normally they wil send a truck with water and fill the tanks ( not more than 400 gallons per household though )
Now there's stupid strike going on in the water company and we haven't had water for a week or 4. The tanks are empty and Patria has been calling the engineer for days now. He promises to send water trucks but they don't show up.
So: a kitchen full of dirty dishes, the laundry room full of dirty laundry. We flush the toilets with rainwater. I can take a shower after work in the house where I'm doing a kitchen installation. Patria and our daughter go to Patria's dad to take a shower...
The water system on this island really s*cks! About 10 % of the households ( mainly in the mountains, like we ) don't have a steady supply.
Over 60 % (!) of the water which is pumped into the system leaks away before it reaches the customers.. In "normal" countries this figure is like 3, 4 %
The water company is government owned and this doesn't really help.. It was privatized for a while but the former onwer ( Ondeo, one of the bigger water companies in the world ) had the contract cancelled because of the bad shape of the technical installation. Now it's government owned again..
Today one of neihbors informed us that she's starting an investtigation and a campaign to get our water situation improved. Of course everybody is helping and hopefully, with the help of press and TV we might get attention for our problem and who knows, maybe there's a solution...
In the mean time we'll have to improvise.