Republic of Ireland
Notes from a lashing rainstorm of historic volume
...And I'm hoping for more rain, set up as we are now to catch it, so that we don't have to walk for a bucketfull for every flush of the toilet. The municipal supply is going to be out for at least a week. The pumping station that is meant to supply about 50,000 people is under water.... And I'm hoping for a bit of rain?... (We got it, too, and soon enough to fill the large wheelie-bin that we'd set underneath a broken rainspout.)
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The local council has appealed to householders in the county to conserve drinking water.
Conserve it? We're buying it, and/or walking for it. And drinking water is not even half the concern. You need a lot of water in a modern house, and of at least two grades of quality requirements. Three, really drinking, washup, and toilet.
Monday, November 23
...Experiencing dietary changes in the lack of tapwater. Strict vegetarianism; meat is too messy. No green salads; washing lettuce takes lots of clean cold water (hot water can be "clean" sanitary; and cold water can be useful, not-completely-clean. Clean and cold is not to be splashed around.) I looked askance at a chilli pepper today and left it in the fridge, because I don't want that oil on my skin....
Thursday, November 26