We’ve been having problems with our water, lately, and yesterday, that meant washing clothes and taking a bath with water that smelled like a cross between rusted metal and sewage.
I don’t know the science of how it works… But when I flip a switch at a certain time every night, magically, clean water fills our water tank on the rooftop. It’s not suitable for drinking, but it’s clean and has no strange smell. We use this water for washing dishes, washing clothes, and taking baths.
It is my understanding that not everyone has the luxury of getting this clean water magically delivered to their water tank.
We order separate drinking water, delivered by a young man we call our pani wala. It comes in 20 litre bottles, and in the summer, two bottles can last about two days. In the colder months, however, our two bottles last about five days.
Once every couple of weeks, these past two months, we’ve noticed a strange smell when we turn on the motor that fills our water tank full of water. This leaves us no choice but to switch our motor from the usually clean water, to the awful salty ground water.
The ground water smells a bit like metal, and is so harsh, it damages hair, skin, and teeth (if you brush with it). Soap no longer lathers, with this water. If you are unfortunate enough to get some on your lips, you will taste salt.
Hopefully tomorrow, the clean water will return, and we can wash clothes and dishes (and take a bath) as usual.
If you have anything to add to this, or would like to enlighten me on how the water works around here, please feel free to comment. ~