Yes...it's now 10 days without water. I know I must be smelly, even though I am washing every day. At least I feel as if I am. Although, there are an awful lot of other smells around the village now.
No water means that cow and sheep sheds are not being washed out daily as they usually would. I am sure I can smell the septic tank. Most likely because not enough water is being flushed in the toilet. I am pouring bleach into the sinks and drains but it doesn't seem to help get rid of unpleasant smells.
My friend Fleur was due to visit today. Unfortunately she has had to postpone because her daughter is unwell. But I would be embarrassed to receive guests here at the moment. Hopefully by the time she comes, we will be back to normal.
Yesterday I popped on to the village Facebook page to see if there had been any response to the message left by the guy in Izmir several days ago, requesting help. Nothing. In any case I would certainly have noticed any offers of help, and so would my neighbours.
However I took the opportunity to post a comment to this effect. I was joined by the guy from Izmir, and another lady who lives in Izmir, but comes to stay with her family in the house next to Sevke. She has been here for less than a week. She had intended to stay longer but found it difficult with no water. The three of us, plus another girl, had a lengthy conversation in Turkish and English about how disgusted we are at the state of things. How we have no confidence in the Muhtar. The way in which Turkish people are scared to stand up to those in authority, exacerbated by what is going on in the country as a whole. Peaceful demonstrators being attacked and killed by police. A dictator who is a bully and now has the people of this country living in fear.
I have to admit that a lot of this was said by me, but I certainly had agreement and support from those joining in the conversation. I even jokingly suggested that I might stage a peaceful protest in front of the Muhtar's office, but that I would probably be the only one protesting.
The Izmir guy and the lady also from Izmir both phoned the department at the council in Milas who are carrying out the work under instruction from the Muhtar, then they posted the telephone number on the page so that others (if so inclined) could also ring to express their concerns. The department agreed to send an engineer out to inspect the work and progress.
As a result, it was then established from the Muhtar that the work was almost finished and that water MAY be flowing again by tomorrow( Thursday). We'll see!
In the meantime, I am curious as to whether the Muhtar has read the comments on Facebook, and what reaction I might expect when I next see him!