A trickle of water from the cold water tap.
Less that a trickle from the hot water tap,
Not enough flow to ignite the combi-bolier heating. Brrrr…
I made a cup of tea, inspecting all visible pipes in the house and the stop-cock that supplies water to the house.
All were well.
Thames Water website show a daily list of major water mains leaks and areas they affect. There is a leak nearby, but it shouldn’t be affecting my home. There is a note that they are having difficulty getting to burst water mains and that the phones are very busy. I should be patient.
I coat, boot and glove-up. Then carry my spade through the ice and snow covered garden.
The garden water tap is frozen. I can’t turn it. No sign of a leak. I get to the roadside and dig out my water valve and check the meter. It’s not ticking over. No water coming onto my property. Phew, no leak on my property means I dont have to call out a plumber on my expense. Inconvenience rather than inconvenience and financial burden. Phew.
The neighbors have no water at all. I offer them use of my trickle to fill their kettle for tea. We watch as a child hikes by with 4 large bottles of water. A man walks by and asks if we have water, we tell him no and he is pleased. He’s just visited his lonely frightened mother, he goes back to reasure her that its the water mains.
Plenty of white snow around for creating untreated water. I’m not going to die of thirst in the near future or run out of Tea
I wonder if snow is full of chemicals or fresh enough to drink as it once was. Luckily I haven’t had to find out – yet.
The trickle from my tap filled some bottles for tea and the bath to flush the toilet.