The Robo-calling started last night but we didn’t get our call until 7 a.m.
As one of the last to get the green light on using water that was contaminated by a chemical spill one week ago today, Mr. H. and I spent some time this morning engaged in the “flushing” process.
In talking with others who’ve already flushed, I haven’t encountered a single person who says she intends to drink the water – at least for a while.
While we’re grateful to have this week-long inconvenience behind us, it does give one pause that the water company has issued a recent warning that pregnant women should not drink it. Not to mention that it still smells horrid!
One friend told me she doesn’t even want to take a bath or shampoo her hair in the “stinky stuff.”
I tend to agree.
For the first time in a week, I washed some clothes and ran my dishwasher. (It was packed!) It’s a great feeling to do normal things again, but I can’t help but feel a little uneasy. When you think about 7500 gallons of a questionable chemical floating around in your drinking water – the water you bathe in, cook your food in and use for numerous other things around your house, it's a little disconcerting to go back to doing those things in only seven days as if nothing ever happened.
But what can we do?
Water is a vital nutrient! We need it to maintain life. It contains many of the minerals our bodies need in order to live.
The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water. The body is made up of 50 to 75 per cent water. Water forms the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration, and is contained in lean muscle, fat and bones. As the body can’t store water, we need fresh supplies every day to make up for losses from the lungs, skin, and urine.
Nobody seems to know what the long-term effects of using the contaminated water may be. And worse – we have no idea how long we were drinking it, bathing in it and washing our clothes in it before we were finally told to stop using it for everything except flushing our “johns.”
Everyone is still a little nervous.
And rightly so. We are at the mercy of those who now insist that the water is safe. (For everyone except pregnant women, that is).
Time will tell.