I just read a headline from a news article that read “Starting today the hot water limitations will start in certain parts of the city.”
Why does this still happen? I remember when I was young that’s like in 90s, that this happened and we would pack our shower stuff and go to my grandparents’ house, or if they didn’t have hot water we would all go to a relative’s house that had hot water.
The cutoff lasts like 2 weeks if not more and usually happens in May, before the summer starts. It’s become such a normal part of life that no one questions it or complains. It’s just the way it is, and has always been. But why?
I’ve never considered to look into it, until I started writing this post. Like everyone, I’ve gotten so used to it. So I’ve looked into this Eagle news article. It says that due to pipe repairs and replacements. So just overall city-wide bad piping system that constantly need repairs every year, twice a year in spring and in fall.
I really feel like something can be done about this issue if enough people start to make a case of it, really dig deep to find out why this HAS to happen and why we HAVE to be Okay with it all the time. But because everyone is just so used to it, no one bats an eye. Okay once a year, 2 weeks of no hot water, no big deal but it’s quite likely that 10, 20 years down the road this would still be happening.
With most of the population of the city living in ger districts, where there is no plumbing system, the need to fix this issue is probably not going to be in the list of priorities. People are still transporting their daily water from a central water source. If their ger is located up a hill and away from the water truck, they have to carry the load on pull wagons or carts all the way through bumpy dirt roads, up and down hills in scorching summer heat and in the dead cold of winter and it’s usually little children doing this task as a part of their daily chores.
While one half complains or rather doesn’t complain about not having full access to hot water 24/7, while the other would do anything for any source of clean water. I guess this reverts back to the worldwide problem of the water issues in developing countries everywhere. But in urban development areas in other developing countries, does hot water limitations happen like here on a regular yearly scheduled basis? Is there people that make some money off of these cutouts like they do with all the road renewal projects? Or is our city piping system THAT bad that this is the only way to maintain providing clean water to the people living in apartments?
What do you think?