Summer is upon us and the intense heat is only one of the issues we must face on a daily basis. As is the case in cities and towns across the world, when the heat kicks in, the air conditioning gets cranked up. Rolling brown outs and even the occasional black out (anyone remember the black out of 2003 that affected a large swath of the East Coast?) are common in even the most highly developed parts of the world.
During the hours I hear Big Blue kicking in at regular intervals. To date, we haven’t experienced any debilitating power surges but we have all of our electronic equipment plugged into surge protectors to be safe and we are especially glad that we splurged and added a power surge clause to our USAA renter’s insurance policy. Yes, they offer such a clause which makes me realize that the problem must also be common in places other than
|the main water distiller|
|The water tank which is all too frequently empty|
As we have already discovered early on a Saturday morning, it is a common occurrence for the water supply to run dry during the summer months. This is actually a problem for our entire neighborhood but no one told us this. Of course we only discovered that we didn’t have any water when I went to turn on the shower and no water came out. When we do run out of water, the Embassy’s water truck will refill our tank but only if we tell them it is necessary. In the typical Albanian way, there isn’t a gauge on the tank that lets us know when we are running low on water. Our predecessors had warned us that this could happen and suggested we follow their lead by rigging a fishing pole over the top of the water tank so we can easily gauge how much water we have. For some reason they took their pole with them when they left and we hadn’t felt a sense of urgency to replace it yet. We now have water again but have added a fishing rod to the top of our shopping list. In the mean time, we are on an automatic delivery schedule with the Embassy for twice a week. There is no word from the City of Tirana as to when the water might start flowing from their taps again.