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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.

6 thoughts on “Severe Water Rationing in the Philippines: Our New Well Runs Dry

  1. Hang in there, the water situation has not affected us at all in Manila but I know in other parts of the Philippines and where you are things are tough.

    Once the rainy season gets here I am sure everything will work out well. And yes, it is hot here! Mid 90’s here and still fairly high humidity compared to what most people deal with.

    And…I swear the sun feels much strong here than anywhere I have been in America.

    1. Dave,

      We will be heading back to this US on May 21st. Wish it was earlier so we could miss the summer months. But i guess we are fortunate not having to use the AC and using the fan only part time. Maybe the rain will start early and ease the drought. I feel for you guy’s having to ration water. I know i would be nervous since the truck had a hard time locating water. All we can do is pray for rain.

  2. Hi Dave, it looks pretty serious the drought your having hopefully it will rain soon,
    One of the good things about living in Manila is plenty of water and no brown outs
    But it’s pretty hot and dusty here in Manila, I’m looking forward to the rainy season
    At least things are cooler and theirs hardly any traffic in the city but that will change
    By Monday ,time for a nice cool beer Derek in pasig.

  3. Hi Dave. Have you thought about digging your wells deeper before the rains come? Since it is a super dry time now, digging a deeper well now would likely prevent it from running dry during future dry spells.

  4. Try to stay cool. And hope the rains come your way soon. I just returned back home to Illinois from are 5 weeks in sorsogon city. Thankfully Bicol has had plenty of rain.
    Now it’s time to get the house sold and prepare for are move to the Philippines.

  5. I guess it depends whether the well is being hand dug or machine drilled. It is difficult to deepen the hand dug ones unless the well is nearly dry, because a person has to be lowered down to the bottom and then they dive underwater and dig. Here is an example of a well being hand dug in Iloilo, it’s kind of neat how they do it, they stack concrete well tiles on top of each other and then dig out the soil underneath, causing the tiles to sink deeper into the ground. They keep stacking and digging until they hit water:

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