We live in the city limits of Charleston, WV. It’s mostly a civilized place but like many cities, it is falling apart, slowly. We were out of town this past weekend to visit my family in Tionesta, PA (where it is still cold). We got home around 4:30 on Sunday to see the water company digging up the road near our house. There was a water main break out front. Actually, there was another water main break out front. Not too long ago, we had a break that allowed me to get some history. I was talking with the crew and they said the main in front of my house was installed in 1939. Yikes! No wonder it finally gave it up. That pipe is ancient in dog-years! If you drive down the road in front of my place, you will see patch after patch in the road (which was re-paved 2 years ago?) where water main leaks have been fixed. I don’t fault the crews who fix the leaks. In fact, I would put the guys who do the work even with Spiderman and Hulk Hogan (in his younger years). But, like many cities across our country, our old infastructure is failing at an alarming rate.
So, we got home on Sunday and the crew was delivering “boil water advisories” door-to-door, up and down the street. I guess there is a danger of contaminants like e-coli, the swine flu and the clap getting into the water from the rupture. We were basically instructed not to use the water for anything except flushing the toilets. Now I can go a day without a shower but much longer and my “manly scent” starts to be overpowering. I get cats and dogs following me around the neighborhood. Vultures circle overhead searching for the “food” that recently gave up the ghost. Luckily, Emily’s parents live close by and were unaffected by the break so we have been able to shower at their house.
We have boiled a bunch of water for cooking and so on but it is a real pain in the hind-parts. My father-in-law joked, “how do you like living in the country?” I responded, “I bet they freakin’ have water in the country!” It’s pretty funny how paralyzed a person can be when city services go bad! Of course, I grew up in the country so I know a loss of electricity can mean the well pump won’t run, but still!
Anyhow, we’ll continue to boil water and de-funkify at the in-laws until the water is deemed clean. I will do my best to keep the vultures at bay!
Anyone else ever have similar stuff go on at home? Does your water ever go out? How did you cope?