This is the third day this week that our water has been turned off. It’s gone up and down intermittently since Sunday night, when there was no hot water–then it was off Monday, and a long stretch Tuesday.
Today we at least we were notified that it was going to be switched off. It’s amazing how much you take running water for granted. Simple things like washing hands or flushing a toilet become much more difficult and epic. I begin pondering things like hauling buckets of water from the swimming pool.
Things like cooking become epic, too. I never thought about how much water I use doing daily things. For instance, I was going to go make cookies–until I realized that I wouldn’t be able to wash any dishes. The horror! I’ll wait until the water comes back on.
But it does make me think about how easily civilized life is disrupted. If the power or water goes off, what do we do? Do we have an emergency plan in place? I think after this, I’m going to stash a few gallons of drinking water around. And canned foods–things that we could eat in the event of a catastrophic power failure.
I’m also so thankful that our infrastructure holds up as well as it does. Water failure is the exception, not the rule. I’m so thankful we have a mild climate, and this is happening in January, not August.
In other news, I’m so thankful that it’s Friday! It’s been a long, busy week.