Our new well in the Philippines runs dry. We have eight visitors from Manila staying at our new home in the Philippines for Holy Week along with four other local relatives from Guimaras, our island province home. That brings a total of 18 people putting a strain on our existing water shortage on the island and has resulted in some severe water rationing.
Our Metro Manila relatives will be with us for a little over a week. We had to hire a water truck at a cost of 2,500 pesos, almost 54 US Dollars, to dump us 42,000 liters of water. The truck filled both of our water tanks, holding a total of 3,000 liters, and other water barrels we have on site. The rest of the tubig (water) went into our new well.
The water crew had to go to five different wells throughout our mango province in order to fill their truck’s water tank. The water shortage is indeed at a critical level.
We had been doing alright with our water supply the past few weeks but I knew that the extra visitors would tax our new well to the limit. The old well has only about 12 inches of water and is used to water my asawa’s plants and flowers and flush our toilets.
All male visitors have been instructed to pee outside in an effort to conserve water. I’ve been peeing outside for weeks now.
To further complicate matters, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, PAGASA, is predicting sweltering temperatures for Holy Week, with a temperature range of 24 to 35 degrees Celsius, 75 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
Raffy Tapales, Pagasa-Iloilo, recommends the following:
“Stay indoors as much as possible. If you cannot avoid going out, wear light-colored clothing, bring umbrellas to protect you from the heat and drink plenty of water.”
But that’s not the worst of it. April and May may bring temperatures as warm as 38 degrees Celsius, 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Current humidity levels are around 55%, lower than the 86% average range for Guimaras, and will make conditions extremely miserable.
The summer months have always been the most difficult for me to endure, even after living in the Philippines for over six years now. But that’s a small price you have to pay for living in “paradise.”
The rainy season will begin in late May or early June. I can’t wait. And if I complain about the rain in future posts, remind me. Don’t forget, I’m a crusty old (and sometimes forgetful) expat.