A very D.R. sort of scenario developed for us today. We realized the water was gone in our house, which has never happened before. And when the guys from the school went over to look into it, we realized that a combination of forces was keeping us from our water. Interestingly, here it is common for home owners to put in illegal water lines in addition to the legal paying line. So that much of one's water, then, is "free" (stolen?). So we knew previous owners had put in a second line at our house. What I found out today was that that was the line they had running to the cistern. The main water source for the house. And at some point, a while ago perhaps, the water company cut off our illegal line. Which I say, Great! Let's be legal!
But we knew neither that they did anything or that the main water supply to our house was affected. So when the wonderful fix-all-problem guys from our school re-routed the problem, it fixed for the long-term but not for today. Because today I learned what our cistern is protecting us from. The street water is turned off I guess a day or a few days a week, just as they do with the electricity. And what happens if you don't have a functioning cistern is that you don't have water until they turn it back on. Which I was told may happen tomorrow?
So I thought: I have three small kids, one smelly from soccer practice. Plus, I'm hot and need a shower. It's like 90 here every day. Also the toilets all are waterless and I don't know what to do about dishes.
I decided to scavenge around the school for a solution. Thankfully, there are showers at the school, which I decided to use after soccer practice pick-up, and I got the athletic director to lend me a big water cooler. I lugged it home, filled all my toilet tanks, packed shower kits, and then we had a Davis family shower in the locker room after soccer ended. Then I brought the refilled water cooler home so we could wash hands and dishes.
I feel so resourceful. Also I feel like I live in a third world country. Some days I don't, but today I do. :)