This is what we are used to, but here in Panama it doesn’t always work like that. Some areas have more problems than others, but it seems no one is immune to times without water. We have learned to be prepared so we have gallons in each bathroom, more in the kitchen, and still more in the laundry room. We could get by for days and that doesn’t count the buckets to catch rainwater, or the little swimming pool that we still haven’t drained.
But, it is a bit inconvenient when the water doesn’t flow. Monday we woke up to no water. No one seems to know why it went out. It didn’t come back until late in the day on Tuesday which is by far the longest it has ever been out. We had laundry piled up ready to wash on Monday. Bathing was by bucket and washcloth. By Monday night the dishes were piled up so I broke down and washed them with some stored water. Then, just to make it more interesting, on Monday night the power went out for an hour or so. I learned later that a snake had gotten into a transformer and took out a main distribution line which affected David and much of the surrounding area.
These incidents make you think about how much you take for granted. I get up every day and expect the power to be on, the internet to be working, and water to come out of the tap. How much of the world’s population never has internet, or even electricity? How many people have to carry every bit of their water from somewhere else? There are many people right here in Panama who go to a river to bathe and wash clothes.
There is nothing like being without to make you really appreciate something! It was such a joy to stand under the shower, and so much easier to wash dishes and clean the kitchen. On Wednesday we did three loads of laundry by simply putting them in the machine. Panama is working hard to upgrade the water systems and bring potable water to every citizen. But, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded now and then how fortunate we are to have our services.