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2 week water shortage

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The water company had to shut down one of the big wells for maintenance and that means limited or no water for 2 weeks. We had water coming in to the big 500 gallon tank till mid day Monday and have used very little since.
In Mexico water is a precious commodity and we are already careful but now we have to be downright frugal. At least we got notice from the water company so we could prepare.
We filled totes and buckets and put those in the showers. The master shower has 1 tote and 1 bucket and the main bathrooms shower 2 totes and 2 buckets. This water is mainly used for flushing the toilets.

Main shower:

It is actually quite amazing how little water we can get by with. It takes a little thought.
I have perfected the the 30 second shower! 10 seconds to get wet, turn off the tap, get shampooed and soaped, turn it back on and take 20 seconds to rinse. The downside is that the water takes longer than that to get warm, so it's a rather chilly undertaking but with the temperatures close to 90F it's not a biggie - the first contact is good for a gasp though.. I really am looking forward to a regular (longer) shower when the water is back on!

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    1971 days ago
    Wow! I admire your resourcefulness!

    Only one week to go?

    1972 days ago
    Looks like you have a plan ahead for the two of you. Good luck with it.
    1973 days ago
    Oh dear I pray you have water soon. We take too much for granite here in the states. Every time and I sincerely mean this, I go to the bathroom I thank the Lord for my toilet. When I was in Jordan their bath rooms have both sexes in them ,plus there is a hole in the floor to go in, no toilet tissue,no doors on the flushing. Gosh it was awful and the smell was unbelievable!! so my toilet means a lot to me,as all my other uses we have in the states after being to other countries. I complain. about the way things are done, but I would not want to live any where else, My brother traveled for 30 years around the world he saw beautiful places, met interesting people, but would not want to be any where else but the USA. I want him to write a book about the places he went, he is so interesting and like a walking encyclopedia!!
    What about filling the bath tub up with water so you have more and just take a sponge bath for a couple weeks? I remember as a kid there was 6 of us kids and we had to have a well drilled, so we all sponged bathed I always still felt icky after wards, and when we finally had the well I remember taking a long long bath .
    have a good and Blessed Sunday
    1973 days ago
    That would make it harder to stay hydrated.
    1973 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    Wow, so glad you had time to prepare, I hope time flies. You'll have to plan a water celebration when you get hooked back up. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1973 days ago
    I take water for granted in the states. I know I should be careful, you just don't think about it until you have too.
    1973 days ago
    Oh yes the joys of Mexico...we are lucky I guess as we have the 70 mile long lake below us where I believe our water comes from but we are still very diligent with our usage and are always praying to the rain Gods this time of year(as it is our rainy season) to fill the lake.
    Hope your water is back to normal soon.
    1973 days ago
    Ouch - but good this happened in the summer! The thought of a cool shower is not nearly as unappealing now as it would have been a few months ago!! We really should all be more careful about what we take for granted!!
    1973 days ago
    Oh my gosh! You poor thing! Hopefully they will get the water fixed soon! My heart goes out to you! I hope you have a great day!
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    1973 days ago
    Yes, it is amazing what we can do if needed. We used buckets for baths in Ukraine when I was there, and I was pleased to adjust to their ways with ease. It let me know that if things go south in America, I can adjust and live on. Oh how we do not realize how good we really do have it here.

    emoticon adjusting to life. Have a blessed weekend, and may the water flow soon.

    1974 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Oh yes, the water I take for granted in the U.S. Your showers are much shorter when you have to conserve in this way. emoticon
    1974 days ago
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