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With two houseguests arriving in the next two days, our boiler chose this weekend to die on us (again). The rental office won't do a thing about it until Monday at the earliest, which means we are boiling lots of water in order to get clean. We're part of a long tradition - although said long tradition generally involved smaller bathtubs.

Water problems seem endemic this week. It's not just the floods, although a damaged water supply system resulting in unusable running drinking water is a major problem, much more so than the mere lack of hot water. (I should know. I was in Des Moines when its waterworks were contaminated by flood, although I left - prearranged flight - after the first three days of the two weeks of fresh water outage.) Electric showers failing, hot water running out...

Then again, I'm voluntarily spending tomorrow in the sewers.

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morganlf
Jul. 29th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
Are we not supposed to be drinking tap water? gulp...
owlfish
Jul. 29th, 2007 09:47 am (UTC)
Drink tap water! It's okay! It's healthy and safe! (You'd know if it wasn't: there would be no end of attention-getting going on about it.)
theengineer
Jul. 29th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
Man, how much trouble have you had from that boiler since I visited you?
owlfish
Jul. 29th, 2007 09:47 am (UTC)
WAY TOO MUCH.
geesepalace
Jul. 29th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
Actually as I remember they cut off water in Des Moines to avoid the system's getting more polluted; in any event there was no tap water whatsoever. Lots of rain water, though.
mutabbal
Jul. 29th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
I remember being without any water for 3 days and without potable water for another 10, but obviously those numbers are more approximations than signs of a prodigious memory. didn't you all come to the country club to shower the night before you traveled, because it had its own water supply and was unaffected by the flooding? I have a vague memory of your father being on our porch for a post-shower dinner, but it might be a hodge-podge of other Owlfish dinners :)
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