City-Wide? Apparently, Yes.

Yeah, apparently it looks like all the water in the city will be shut off, for two full days. Not our zone, it seems, but the complete city.

My first reaction is something I still hold to: some government official must have either screwed something up that needs to be fixed in a hurry, or else some high official made a command decision while on a power-trip: “Well, then turn off the water for a couple of days and fix XYZ.”

Meanwhile, we peanuts and other vegetables will be without water tomorrow and the next day. I don’t know how people will flush toilets, or cook; it seems to me that both the public bath houses and the restaurants shall have to close for the interim, too. It’s unimaginable. I suppose I’ll carry my camera around in case I see anything truly shocking.

As one of my friends said tonight, “It’s like this highly technical, developed country is smashing into the third world, now.” Ah well… more on that later.

4 thoughts on “City-Wide? Apparently, Yes.

  1. Wow, two whole days without water? Water sometimes gets turned off in some parts of the city here, too, but usually it’s only during the night when everyone’s asleep. Nevertheless, a lot of Thai people stock up on drinking water and water for everything else (bathing, brushing your teeth, washing your hands, flushing the toilet), just in case.

    Man, nearly getting run over THREE times after breaking your finger really sucks. Jeez, these crazy drivers. Maybe the world should go back to riding around on horses (or in Thailand’s case, elephants and buffalos, hehe). ;P

  2. Yeah, I think people must have stocked up on water here too. Even one of my foreigner friends had the foresight to do it after she found out at work yesterday. I didn’t know it was city-wide till fairly late, though, so I am going to go geta couple of bottles of drinking water before work (when the shop opens in 15 min or so), mainly because I think people will buy as much as possible and I’m low on water.

    As for the crazy drivers… yeah. It’s scary and I often feel like something ought to be done about it, but what? I honestly can’t think of what. If all these drivers were to go back to horses, the streets would be paved in horse dung.

  3. Connie told me the Jeonju water supply source is being switched from one reservoir to another.
    Did you know Iksan and Kunsan are also without water?
    We got up early on Tuesday to shower before the 9am cut-off time, of course it was already off here at 7.30!

    bloody buggery city hall!
    How are the school toilets, delightful I expect.

  4. Really? Iksan and Kunsan too? What the fuck? That’s all insane.

    I am certain they could make a switch between reservoirs in a more reasonable manner than that.

    Somehow, though, all the toilets are functioning fine at school. And there’s water at my place, as well as at Lime’s (and I think most of the big apartment complexes have it too). I think even the public bath complex near ShinDongAh is open—I rode by on the way home and they were taking customers, anyway.

    What got me was how so many of my students had no idea why it was being shut off for two days, nor did they seem curious whether the shutoff was actually necessary. They took the government’s word for it. And my LEC class asked me why I thought this so strange; when I explained how people in Saskatoon would react to this they were really quite amused. They were less amused when I mentioned that even in India rioting would occur, and that it worried me that young Koreans seemed so willing to accept authority that they didn’t even seem curious about why this was happening, or whether it was necessary. Ah well. Where has the protestatory spirit gone?

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