Mexico Monday #3

It’s rainy season, which has started a little early this year. Most afternoons there are torrential downpours, filling gutters and spilling into the streets. Funnily enough, during the rainy season, for some weird reason, there are water shortages. The water just gets cut off. No warning, no explanation. Sometimes for a couple of hours, sometimes for most of the day.

But a couple of weeks ago something unusual happened. We got a letter advising us, in advance, that for two weeks the water would be turned off from 2pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Advance warning! Miracles do happen! But what is the point …. read more.

So began my post on May 17th 2008. I wrote quite a few posts over the years about water. It has to be said, the last six months or so I was in the Distrito Federal, there were no major problems with out water supply. But during the entire six years? It was infuriating. And not something I miss. Here in the depths of rural England, the water supply is just fine. When I turn the tap on, I know that water will come out. Everytime. As an added bonus, I can actually drink the stuff. Straight from the tap. Bless the maker. We even have rivers here. Sea too, although this is where Mexico wins back favour. You can swim in Mexican seas without fear of being turned into a human sized iceberg.



7 thoughts on “Mexico Monday #3

  1. Rich says:

    Love the picture. My town of Patzcuaro is not much different from DF except that you once got a warning that the water would get cut off. Here they just do it and may explain later that your neighbor had not paid their bill in three years. Go figure. There are quite a number of cultural differences. And although my grandparents came from Mexico my cultural upbringing was more American and by some link somewhat British. So I expect for water to be available and safe I know that I am in Mexico and so that will never apply.

    Saludo de Patzcuaro.


  2. Mexico remains a water hassle – even in places where it rains 60 inches plus a year – go figure (I think that pollute it as fast as it arrives). This puts new meaning to DIY thinking and doing.

    I just installed a drip system at the Puerto casa – water on my mind I suppose.


    • The worst times I had in DF were in 2008 and 2009 when there was a pretty serious drought. That was not pleasant. The water would go off usually when you need it most, the responsibility for which lies more with Sod and his law than with the water authorities. I did find in ironic that the water company was called Conagua. Surely Sinagua would have been more appropriate.

      Mexico City actually gets more rainfall per year than London. The former does serve more people than the latter, of course, although London and the surrounding Home Counties also contain a fairly high population. I was surprised to discover that London actually has a large desalinization plant to cope with water shortages.


  3. Kim G says:

    SINagua…..LOL….That’s hysterical.

    And I looked it up. It’s amazing but true. Mexico City does get more rainfall than London. But I suspect London’s is more spread out. Mexico gets it all in the summer.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we get more rain fall (OK also snowfall) than either.


    • London can get a downpour at any moment of any day of the year. I think the big difference between the two cities though, aside from population/consumption, are the systems used to collect and recycle the stuff.

      And if you’re trying to make me jealous with Boston’s annual rainfall, it ain’t working… 🙂


      • Kim G says:

        Make you jealous of Boston’s rainfall? LOL….not a chance.

        This former California boy sometimes feels like he’s moved to the city of eternal bad weather. If it isn’t snowing or hailing, it’s raining. Or just bloody cold.


        Kim G
        Boston, MA
        Where we are hankering for a bit less precipitation.


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