Wednesday, June 8, 2016


I usually start writing my Wednesday blog posts on Tuesday, and that's what I did this week.  And Tuesday was a strange day, so this will undoubtedly be a strange post...

As most of you probably know, the Los Angeles area is in a drought.  My husband and I have been trying to do our part in cutting back on water usage. 

But that doesn't mean we don't want any water.

Yesterday around lunchtime, when I turned on the faucet at our kitchen sink, nothing came out.  Nor did any other faucet in the house work.

My husband is very handy and he took a look, and couldn't see what the problem was, so we called a neighbor.  We weren't alone with the problem, and in fact she was on the phone attempting to report it.

A short while later another neighbor rang our doorbell, and before he could give any explanation of his presence I said, "Nope, we don't have any water either."  He said he'd called the Department of Water and Power and they told him there weren't any problems around us.  Hah!

I soon called back the other neighbor who'd been on the phone.  She said the DWP was looking into the situation and would get back in touch with her--but they hadn't. So, I called the DWP, and was told that nothing was going on in our neighborhood but the person I spoke with said she would report the issue and someone would look into it.

We heard nothing.  Saw nothing.  Until maybe a couple of hours after the interior drought had started I pushed the lever in the kitchen faucet yet again--and lo and behold, there was water!

So, our outage turned out to be no big deal, although I would still like some kind of explanation.  Could whatever happen occur again?  Is it likely to?  And one effect was to inform me how much it hurts not to have water available.

I don't know what the DWP did or didn't do, whether they caused the problem in the first place or just fixed it, but since the water is back I can only thank them.

And still remain curious about the cause.

And by the way, I still managed to get some writing in despite the distraction!


Miriam Lubet said...

I'm glad to hear they fixed the water problem.

Betty Hechtman said...

How strange. It sounds like the DWP wasn't telling you the whole truth. I'm glad it back on. It's nice being somewhere where water isn't an issue and I can take a longer shower without feeling guilty.

Linda O. Johnston said...

Thanks, Miriam. No issues today, fortunately. But yes, I still wonder what the real story was. Enjoy having sufficient water, Betty.