Only Know When It Don’t Flow

Water is something that we all take for granted. We don’t have to think about it at all. If we need it, we head to any tap, turn it on, and the water flows. We don’t know how lucky we have it until one day, we turn the tap and nothing happens. This happened to me yesterday. The water has been out since then.

I really missed my morning shower today. The dishes have been piling up in the sink. The toilet won’t even flush. Fortunately, there is plenty of snow outside. I scooped up some of the white stuff and dumped it into the tub. The snow melted quickly enough in the house and gave me some much-needed water. I am now able to flush the toilet by scooping up water from the tub and pouring it down the front of the toilet.

I normally have three 4-litre water jugs in the fridge. It is nice to have cold water available whenever I need it. It is also a good idea to have water stored up, just in case something like this happens. 12 litres of water won’t last long in most households but it’s better than nothing. It is amazing how much water we use in our regular day-to-day life. It is something that we don’t really think about either, until it is not there.

I know that this problem will be fixed soon. The water will probably be flowing again by tomorrow. Until then, I can ration what I have in the house. Of course, I can go to the store to buy water whenever I need it too.

This water stoppage is just a local problem. Imagine what would happen if the water was out across the entire city. Bottled water would become the most highly valued commodity. No one can live without water. We are fortunate enough to have an abundant supply of it. I know that I won’t take that for granted anymore.

2 Comments on Only Know When It Don’t Flow

  1. It’s also possible to take for granted being able to conveniently get rid of water!

    The bathroom sink is resisting our every effort to get it unplugged this week. If a whole bottle of Drano doesn’t work tonight, I may have to take the pipes apart.

    And a gasket in the kitchen sink has corroded, making for a leak underneath, so I’ve been playing plumber there, too

  2. Wow. I never really thought about the flipside. Water is precious and needed. Of course, we also do need to be able to get rid of it at times too. I’m amazed at all the little things in life that don’t get much consideration, most of the time. Thanks for the comment, and good luck with the plumbing.

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