damn the water people
Remember last summer when I thought my water had been cut off for lack of payment or something? So. when I called (I wasn’t over-due then. the whole buildings’ water was off), I set it up so the payments would go on my credit card and thus out of my bank every two months, without my having to worry, because keeping track of bills that come every month is one thing but ones that only come every two months is beyond my organizational skills. When the water bills arrive, I’ve just shoved them into the bills box without more than a glance to see how much it was for. Ahh, should have read further.
Yeah, they cut my water off today. I had to hike way the hell to the water company in person to find out what was wrong. The payments were not, in fact, coming out of my account or on my credit card. Nope, for 8 full months, my water bills have just been coming but I’ve not been paying. The other problem, at least as far as they were concerned, was that last year my water bills were like 40 sheks a month and since about October they’ve only been between 6-7 sheks a month. They thought something fishy was afoot.
Nope. I’ve just become a master at water conservation. I used to rinse my dishes under running water rather than doing the old-fashioned rinse-by-dunking into a container of clean water. I went back to the way my grandmother and mother washed dishes and now do the dunk-o-rama. I also save the rinse water (and the water from when I rinse my hands) for mopping the floor daily and cleaning the bathtub and sinks. Whenever it rains, I take down two of the emptied litter boxes and let mother nature do the rinsing.
I had to pay an eye-boggling amount though — about 100 sheks in fines for being over-due, another 140 sheks for them to come and turn it back on today –I could have saved 10 sheks if I wanted to go without until tomorrow — some 18 sheks that the girl said I shouldn’t owe for something and may get back but she couldn’t reach the ‘person in charge’ to clarify her clearing it off my account, the 8 months of arrears and (maybe) finally got it set up so that it will actually come out of my account automatically via credit card. I’m going to be reading the damn things carefully when they arrive from now on. In the meantime, I’m waiting for them to turn it back on.