A midnight “emergency”

30 Jul

About 12:15 last night I heard loud knocking at our gate. The landlords are away, so I was very suspicious of who might be trying to get in. I peered out the window to see an ambulance-looking vehicle on the street. I have seen these “AUXILIO RAPIDO” vehicles around the neighborhood but never knew what they were for. The driver was in the vehicle and his partner was walking back and forth anxiously between our gate and a small stream of water coming out from under the sidewalk of the empty lot next door. He was from the municipality (so said the truck) and wanted to know if I could get our water bill so he could get the connection number to call the water company.

Well, this past week we’ve already had several electricity and water outages, so I wan’t too excited about getting him the number, but I dutifully closed the gate, went upstairs, found the most recent water bill, and gave it to him. He thanked me, tried to assure me that the water would not be cut off (at least, I think that’s what he said), and left. About five minutes later, the water truck appeared, poked around on the street for a few minutes with a heavy pole, and left.

This morning, the water was off. The guys are now tearing up the street right in front of the garage where our landlord has his car parked. When he returns from his trip later today, he will probably not be too happy, but there’s not much anyone can do about it. The water pipes here bust all the time and the only thing that can be done is to dig up the street and fix them. Thankfully, we did have enough hot water left in the solar tank to take a fast shower this morning, and wise Vicki, who usually rises at dawn, got her shower before the water cut. We have saved up water bottles for cooking, hand-washing, and our drinking filter, but showers and laundry are another story…. Thankfully, the kids are on winter break this week so they don’t need clean uniforms every day like usual.

Just another day in Peru….

2 Responses to “A midnight “emergency””

  1. michael CHANDLER July 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    You would have been amazed at how many time 76th Place got dug up near the bottom of the street for water repairs,  The poor nieghbors who lived down there.  After you line gets repaired, the water may not be safe to drink for a day or so.

    Love,    Dad

    • David Chandler July 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

      Chuckle. Water never safe to drink ☺ We always filter! Service is back now.

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