Wednesday, 14 October 2009
This is a normal occurrence. I am pretty used to it after more than 11 years.
I wouldn't mind so much if I had some kind of warning that this was about to happen...or indeed for how long.
In most areas the water supply is the responsibility of the Belediye (local council) so they do tend to put out a warning announcement over the public address system. But in some villages, particularly isolated ones such as ours, it's different. The water for this village comes from a spring somewhere in the mountains through pipes that have probably been neglected over the years. The responsibility for the water supply is down to the Muhtar who is the "head" or "chief" of the village. This position is usually handed down from father to son...so some muhtars are better than others..and some are not really up to the job.
For example, the muhtar should also organise refuse collection with the Belediye in Milas. He has, up to a point. However, there are only rubbish bins down in the centre of the village, but it's not collected from the houses on the hillside..of which ours is one. This is because the roads, which are narrow, bumpy and potholed, are not easily negotiable for a large truck.
The maintenance of the roads is down to the Muhtar too. The road from the village out to the main road is about 5km long, and this was recently re-surfaced. There is talk of re-surfacing the roads up the hillside...but apparently they've been talking about this for years so I won't hold my breath.
When we moved here Mr Ayak spoke to the Muhtar about refuse collection and he promised to send a tractor up to us every Sunday to collect our rubbish. Well we've been here since May, and in spite of constant reminders, it's never happened.
Back to the water problem. Late yesterday afternoon, Mr Ayak phoned me and I told him about the problem. He phoned the Muhtar at about 5pm who told him that pipes were being repaired in the village and the water supply would be switched back on within the hour. It didn't happen. Mr Ayak tried phoning the muhtar again late evening but there was no reply. He also tried a couple of other acquaintances in the village, but was unable to contact them. So we could only conclude that the workmen had probably decided to finish for the night, without having completed the work.
I had asked my neighbours earlier if they had any idea when the water would be back, but they just shrugged their shoulders. They are so laid-back, they just don't worry about it. Some of them probably remember the days when they had no running water, so they manage somehow. To be honest, most of them are not too concerned about washing their dishes, their clothes or themselves on a regular basis...so they're happy to wait it out.
So at the moment I have no idea when the supply will be switched on again...but one thing is certain...I have learned never again to take water for granted.
Update: Mr Ayak has just spoken to the Muhtar who tells him that the pipes are still being repaired and they THINK the water will be back on again today! Oh dear...when they say they "think" something will happen..it usually doesn't.