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6 days without water!

July 5th, 2018 at 01:42 pm

THE main pipe supplying San Salvador with water broke, and, over half the city has been without water for 6 days now. (More than 1 million people are without water).Some people have cisterns, others, like me, grew up during the war years and we keep water in barrels or containers at home, but, usually, these are enough for 3 days, so, needless to say, we are running VERY low. Classes have been suspended at 300 public schools and many private schools (those without cisterns, or whose cisterns have already run out). Repair work is supposed to be finished by Friday. I really hope there are no more delays.
The cherry on top? the political parties are accusing each other of sabotage. There is a Water Law submitted for review at the national Assembly, and, the left says this is calling for privatization of water, the right denies it. So, the left says the right had someone break the pipe to swing public opinion in their favor. The right says the left did it so it could say the right did it. ...both sides are very capable of something like this, to tell you the truth... the police say they called in engineers to investigate, and that it wasn't sabotage, that the pipe just broke because of the vibrations (there have been numerous tremors this past year), lack of maintenance and water pressure.
ack! just heard someone say the repairs may take until Sunday...we might end up setting those containers in the garden to catch rain (except, of course, there is the typical 15 day dry spell of the middle of the rainy season!)

7 Responses to “6 days without water!”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    I'm so sorry about your water problems and the fact the powers that be are too busy pointing the finger instead of doing something constructive.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I am so sorry! Thank goodness you have the rain barrels, and I hope you get rain!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Praying for all of you there to have water very, very soon!

  4. debtfreeme Says:

    Oh my goodness! Proves emergency preparedness is such an important tool for families. I hope things are repaired and back on order soon and you are safe.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    How scary to lose a basic human need like that. Once you get through all this, round up a few more water barrels when you are able. If the tremors caused this once, they could cause it again. I like to keep a week's supply on hand here because I still remember when the pipeline under the creek blew up.

  6. miclason Says:

    oh, yes, I have to wash the barrels, give them a wipe with Chlorine and then refill them (else, they become mosquito nests, yuck!)-- and we cannot afford another mosquito-borne illness! Ale`s had dengue (bonebreaker fever) 3 times, and, in 2015 we both got zika--and 6 months later I was still suffering from the occasional joint pain!! (we have mercifully been spared by chickunguya, which they say is even worse!)

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