Water, Water Nowhere
So the spring weather finally gets me off my duff to fill the basketball hoop base with water. I turn on the water to the outdoor faucets, unkink the hose, and the water gushes--for about 10 seconds. Then: A gurgling sound and...nothing.
Surely, we've messed up our pipes, turned the wrong valve, done something to the House Gods, something that will cost two or three Household Units ($1,000 each).
We open and shut every valve we can find. Still nothing. The water is gone.
Bedeviled by the mystery, we wander outside, whereupon it becomes apparent that we are not alone. In what turns out to be a bizarre coincidence, the loss of water has nothing to do with our decision to turn on our outdoor faucets, but rather with a huge water main break at the Chain Bridge. At this hour, most of Arlington County and a fair chunk of Northwest D.C. are without water.
I spent 40 minutes waiting to get through to the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority emergency line, only to find that they have no clue when water service will be restored.
Amazingly, at this hour, there is not a word on the WASA web site about the break in service. Rather, the site offers this lie: "There are no active workzones at this time."
Isn't it funny how as soon as the water service disappears, you get thirsty? Very thirsty. Parched.
It's at moments like this that the super-prepared security-paranoids out there are smugly turning to their basement full of bottled water. I think we have a half-used bottle of water lying under the back seat of my car, from about 2003, and it's probably mostly backwash, to be totally honest. But it's looking pretty good at this writing.
More later as this liquid emergency develops.
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