But not a drop to drink. Well, get showered with, maybe.
True to form, Oakwood are shutting down the hot water throughout the day (10:00am to 5:00pm) during the worst sequence of winter storms in memory. Nice.
It’s necessary to perform some plumbing repairs, something that happens several times a year because the company never invested in upgrading the infrastructure of the buildings. The pipes are decrepit and leak constantly, the effluent backs up in so many ways, and the water temperature varies considerably (and in the space of a few seconds, too – enough to give you a scalding in the shower when the cold water pressure suddenly drops off).
But, as they say, if we knew of a better ‘ole we’d have gone to it years ago.
The last make-over we had on site was just that – a two year long prettying-up of the façade by adding slabs of chicken wire encased in expanded polystyrene (as moldings on the eaves and elsewhere), new front doors with futuristic-looking electronic keys (a bit of PCB stuck onto a plastic holder) and changing the color scheme from cream and green to cream and brown.
The latter instigated a form of industrial melanism that resulted in changes in the distribution of color in a population of local moths (pepper moths, I think) – a long story. It’s taken a good handful of years for the effect to be complete, but it’s a classic case of evolution at work (albeit triggered by the hand of man, which was holding a paintbrush at the time).
At least the cold water will be left on this time. And the power. We’ll be able to cook and make drinks (even hot ones), but washing will take a little more effort to create lukewarm water. Ah, the wonder of the Developed World…