Water is very precious to us because we have around 1 to 2 water shortages per week. The reason we have had water problems is there’s a pipe up on the Mountain that breaks and the city has to get a backhoe up there to fix it. This usually takes around a day or two before we can get our water back.
No water means you can’t take a shower, wash dishes (which isn’t that much of a problem for me), or even have a water fight. No showers is an even bigger problem for my family, because we are still in the dry season in Panama, so there is dust and dirt everywhere! Every time Joey or Emma come inside from playing, their skin color is brown from the dust.
Last weekend, we came up with a solution for when the water is out: we filled up some large water containers (they hold about 10 gallons.) So even when we don’t have water, my mom can wash a few dishes and can help my siblings take a “sponge bath.” It is a happy day when we wake up and we have running water!
So, when you wash your hands or take a shower, remember this blog and you might think of water from a different perspective!