Thanks for all the sympathy you've all given me via comments and emails. That really helps a lot!
So for a quick update...
It seems that while the city is pretty low on water at the moment and many areas are being rationed, for our house even when there is water in the area we are not getting it pumped to the tanks on the roof. Therefor our tanks have run dry. Of course, I have been telling the handymen that the pump has not been working for several weeks, but they don't take me seriously, being a woman and all. "The pump works fine" say the men. Ok, and there is water in the area even if it is at 3 AM and Peter was told to get up out of bed and to go press that *&^#@^# red button on the pump. So their solution??? It's twofold. A nice big water TRUCK just came and filled up the tanks with a hose. And secondly, someone will come and install ANOTHER water tank in the garage. Great. Then we'll have 6. Why doesn't anyone figure out exactly why the pump isn't doing its job? I'm tempted to start fibbing and claim to be a civil engineer with a zillion degrees.
And further... when the tank is filled with water, we get a constant drip under the kitchen sink. Now I'm waiting for the handyman to come back to fix it.
We've been planning to leave tonight for a long weekend trip to visit friends in Italy. We'll be taking the ferry like we did last November. This morning I was looking over the tickets which we've already paid for and what do you know-- someone issued our return trip for the wrong date. But naturally no one can fix it. Let's see what happens when we try to deal with it at the docks in Italy next week. *Sigh*
But at least we now have water and the laundry is finally getting done. And showers. And toilet flushing. And washing dishes. And watering the garden.
Can I learn something from the experience? You bet. Water is precious and we must do everything we can to protect its source- dear old Mother Earth.
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