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Knock, Knock, the gate I hear one day, as I had ripped out the doorbell the first week in my new house, after discovering school children liked it more than me. At the gate was a well dressed young man with a clipboard and a cardboard box. He explained that he was from the municipality and was there to test my water.

I found that a tad odd as the area I live in has no water supply, and I used a pump and very deep well. Okay, I’m thinking, this could be fun!

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“Sir may I have a sample of your water?” he asked. And off I went to get it for him, as I enter my kitchen I see the Wilkins’s water dispenser and filled up his cup. When I gave it to him he held it up to the sun and peered intently at it, then opens his cardboard box and Somewhat akin to Harry Potter, he started to perform magical motions with his test tube and chemicals, and proceeded to turn my water a very unappetizing moldy gray. I gasped in shock that I could be consuming minerals in mineral water. It remained me of consuming Rum, in Rum & Coke.

Then the well appointed young man explained that if I subscribed to his company’s service I could have ultra clean water, and not die a horrendously painful death. Remember in the beginning, after the Knock, Knock, at my gate that he was from the municipality? Still being in a playful mood, I asked if the filtering system could be hooked up in line with my water meter. And found that it could. I then asked him to show me where it could be done, and let him waste ten minutes searching for the meter I didn’t have…

It was a hot day, so I offered him a glass of coke (I couldn’t give him that bad water) and explained that I knew he had fibbed to me about whom he worked for, and the water he had tested was Wilkins brand. Then my wife told him that the old Kano, liked to “Bulaga” people who tried to “Bulaga” him.

A couple of years later, a water system was installed, it was very small and could supply only about 300 homes, so they sold the water hookup to more than 800 homes. For the first 6 months I had city water every day, then every couple of days, then once in a while, and finally weeks on end with no water, as it still is today.

Then they gave me a bill for a few hundred pesos, which I could see no reason for, as a year prior someone stole my meter and I’d gone back to just using my well, six months before that. It was for a minimum monthly charge I was told.

“Sir, for the non-payment of your water bill, we are discontinuing service to your house!” Well they had pretty much done that, after the first six months. In July this year the non-water system was sold. The new company asked me if I would like to avail of their new service. They bought the company, changed nothing, nor fixed nothing. So I smiled and said, “When Caribou Fly!” As with living here, the well is also my choice.

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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Paul
Paul
11 years ago

Hi Paul – That reminds me…I still have to get that generator so that my deep well pump will keep my water tank full, my water pressure adequate, my hot water hot and my beer cold. (The other stuff in the refer can get some benefit from the cold beer storage, too.) 😉

hudson
hudson
11 years ago

Hey Paul,
Yea, Weber Basin Water (WBW)owns all the underground water. How that happened I dont know. I bought a water share for $4,000, which entitled me to one acre-foot per year. Before I left Utah,WBW was threatening to put meters on everybodys well…just to make sure that nobody was using more than their one acre-foot allotment.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Thank You John;
I’ll pay more attention to time zones from now on! I wake early because I’m old! My head has already worn out two bodies. (LOL)

BOB G
BOB G
11 years ago

No problem in Bulacan. Have Nawasa water and it hardly ever goes off. Also the price is cheap for it. Have been here for six months and no problems with the water. Some of the flooded areas here in Luzon with wells may not want to drink their water however. Still we buy mineral water even in the states we do that. GOOD LUCK BOB G

John in Austria
11 years ago

Hi Paul,

It sounds like everybody has problems with their water down there (as well as with electricity) but your sense of humour and deep well have conquered all!

mike
mike
11 years ago

he wasted your time so you returned the favor, sounds like it was a good idea!

brian
brian
11 years ago

..I think we need to do an intervention on you Paul….. 🙂

David S.
David S.
11 years ago

Paul you have a sadistic sense of humor. I loved your story. Thanks for sharing.

Dave(dewag)
11 years ago

Hi Paul I love your dry sense of humour(especialy round this wet subject hehehe)I have just returned from San carlos city,Negros occidental.One of the reasons I was there was to meet with the Mayor to discuss projects for power and water for the poor there, in amongst my ideas was one of capturing rain water from the rooves of houses, I know much of the time it is dry in the philippines, but when you consider the weather there of the past few weeks it seems pretty bewidering that people dont capture rainwater if only for washing purposes after the… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

To One and All;
My comment above that the gentleman who renewed his E-Card in minutes did not respond to my question was wrong. He did, and all I can say is “Mea Culpa” As soon as I can get my foot out of my mouth, I’ll move on!

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