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Oh, Patria..
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Cindi    Posted 11-16-2004 at 16:30:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
..I had no idea you guys were still without water! How do you get by?

Patria    Posted 11-16-2004 at 17:56:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
'Normally', we get by.
It takes a lot to get me down, or to make me lose my grip, but today I'm sooo pissed off..

Today I sent an email to our newspaper. Tomorrow I'm calling a journalist that, many years ago, was predicted would be found in a ditch..he'll be happy to 'spread' the word.
Today, when I talked with the engineer, I told him about the protest a neighbor is organizing to try and get some answers to our problem. He actually had the nerve to tell me that he had the answers. After this talk he called me twice [never happened before] to tell me that the water trucks were on the way.
It's 9:30pm..I'm waiting.

Why can't...    Posted 11-17-2004 at 03:50:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
You just drill a well?...Just asking, as I know nothing of soils and aquifers there...


Patria    Posted 11-17-2004 at 05:27:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like a plan to give some serious thought. Now we would need to start a you know anything about drilling a well?
Some time ago Gerrit mentioned something about it. I will ask him to mail you.
Thanks, Salmoneye.. Take Care.

Gerrit    Posted 11-16-2004 at 16:57:49       [Reply]  [No Email]

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.

toolman    Posted 11-16-2004 at 17:03:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
an you want me to come visit, me who gets dirty just looking at work.

Patria    Posted 11-16-2004 at 18:19:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry toolman, I guess you'll have to cancel the tickets..

Gerrit    Posted 11-16-2004 at 17:05:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
When you come and visit, I'll make sure my tanks are full. And... you won't get away with looking at me working and doing nothing yourself lol

toolman    Posted 11-16-2004 at 17:08:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
i thought i was gonna be the beach babe super.

deadcarp    Posted 11-16-2004 at 17:31:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey! wasn't this my week to be the teenybopper surfer girl? lol

toolman    Posted 11-16-2004 at 17:43:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
that was last week when ron pa and burr were there , they are still all shook up heh heh

Cindi    Posted 11-17-2004 at 04:24:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I have the utmost respect for you. I'm spoiled rotten and could not make do as you two do. I would be raising he11 from one end of that island to the other, getting on everybody's nerves. Still it looks like a paradise there. Here's hoping they somehow improve things for you.

I'm off to work. Have a wonderful (hopefully waterful) day.

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