It’s so often that people take the little things in life for granted. I must admit that, today, I was one of those people. Water. It is a commodity that is everywhere and it’s free. Well, virtually free. Yes, we pay for it every month on our utility bill, but it’s hardly anything to make a difference in price. Nonetheless, it is an essential part of everyone’s life.
Apparently the city sent out a notice 2 days ago that our water was being shut off today on the entire street for some construction. It was supposed to last 2 days and we would expect 4 hour interruptions. They recommended we have water in the fridge for drinking and a bathtub full of water for other things (dishes, plants, etc). It also said we were able to use the toilet as long as we pour water down as we were flushing.
Well, Peter and I didn’t get this notice. So when I arrived home today at 1:30pm after doing a whole bunch of errands this morning, I was scared out of my wits when I went to wash my hands. I was shocked to have pockets of air and water exploding out of my tap. It scared the hell out of me. I had left this morning to perfectly running water and arrived home to a scary sizzling bursting sound. Water was coming out of the tap, but very erratically. I immediately shut the taps off and called Peter at work. Honestly, I was freaking out. I had no idea what happened or why. All I could think about was how much it was going to cost to fix it.
Peter suggested I go next door to the neighbours and see if they were having any trouble with their water. Thank goodness I went next door, because they informed of the scheduled maintenance. What a relief. I was so glad it was nothing that we did specifically to the house and that the problem was fixed. I ran to my recycling bin and searched through it to see if I could find the City’s notice. Low and behold, it was in there. We must have thrown it in there without looking at it, thinking it was junk mail.
We had to run all the taps in the house to get the air out and have them running smoothly again. So as of 8PM, we still have water. I am not sure if they will be shutting it off again tomorrow or what. It was quite a shock today to come home to no water. As I said, I just took it for granted. How were we supposed to wash dishes, prepare supper, shower and all the other things we do on a daily basis?! I don’t think I would have been as freaked out as I was if I had read the notice beforehand. I would have been prepared with the water in the fridge and tub, etc. I am so grateful to have a house full of water at my disposal. It’s a wonderful thing and I will try to never take it for granted again!
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