Sunday, January 20, 2013

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They also shut off the water a lot. I really don’t understand this at all. I’ve been told it’s to clean the pipes or water tanks, but I’ve also been told it’s to fix or adjust the water pressure. The water pressure in my apartment is ok so I don’t need them to play around with it, but if they’re cleaning something then by all means do it. Hong Kong water isn’t all the clean to begin with so any dirty pipes aren’t going to help.

I’ve been drinking tap water all my life, but the first thing I was told about Hong Kong was to not drink the water. It’s clean enough to wash with it and I’ve been brushing my teeth with Hong Kong tap water for almost 2 years so I hope it’s ok, but I’ve never tried to drink it.

What I don’t understand is why they have to turn off the water so often. I could understand once a year, but they’ve done it a dozen times since I’ve been in this apartment. The worst part is that they usually do it when I’m home. They usually turn it off during the week – maybe because that’s when most people are at work. That’s probably a good idea, but I work weekends, so my days off are during the week – and they always manage to turn off the water when I’m home. It wouldn’t be so bad if the water was off for an hour or two, but they turn off the water all day. It’s usually between 8 & 5.

I like having running water in my apartment. I use water all the time. When it’s off there are a lot of things I can’t do – or that I have to do at some other time. Sometimes I really realize how much of a spoiled American I am. I don’t want to schedule my day around whether I’ll have water or not.

1 comment:

  1. This is timely. We've had water 'blackouts" throughout the year and locals say it's 'normal'. But lately it has become a reoccurring nightmare, if you will, with toilet flush water turned off for 'urgent repairs' by he Water Supplies dept. for 4 consecutive days and counting.

    Yet another myth in this self-proclaimed 'world class city' that charges you an arm and a leg for a shite place with water, drinking or flushing, turned on and off at the drop of a hat.


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