We take running water for granted. What happens when we don’t have any? We found out a little about the issue that faces much of the developing world yesterday.
Yesterday morning, a construction crew hit the main water line in Cameron and left most of the city without fresh water for most of the day. The city workers strove to restore service as quickly as possible and had water restored to most of the city sometime yesterday evening. But as late as this morning, the water wasn’t safe to drink, and the city was flushing the lines—pouring hundreds of thousands of gallons into the ditches that feed the local rivers and creeks.
Most of us have experienced a water outage like this one. We know how it directly affects us:
- We have to buy bottled water to drink or make coffee.
- Toilets only have one reserve flush.
- Our yards get a little browner, and our gardens may wilt.
But we may not think about the economic consequences of a water supply interruption. I’ll give you one specific example. Most of the restaurants in Cameron were unable to open for business this morning. The ones that were open were in buildings that predate the city water supply and have their own wells.
Restaurants require a safe water supply to cook. Besides that, “Employees must wash hands….” How do they do that without water? Continue reading