- I was without electricity (and thus without internet) for half a day after a thunderstorm,
- I ran out of gas in the kitchen,
- and I haven’t had water all weekend after the pipe leading to my neighborhood burst.
After this experience, I can recommend unequivocally: if you ever have to choose between these three utilities, try not to lose the water. Without electricity, you can’t work, but you can still read (during sunlight hours), you can go for a run and it can even be nice to have an excuse to postpone work. Without gas, you can’t cook, but there are worse things than eating out. But without water, life is messy and dirty, in the literal sense.
Luckily, my very helpful landlord came by and arranged for me to pick up water from a friend’s house close by (but apparently served by a different water pipe). So I am carrying buckets full of water across the street to be prepared for my next use of the toilet.
Millions, if not billions, of people have to do this every day. Not just once, but for all of their lives. They have to walk much farther distances. In areas more dangerous. And their water doesn’t always come out of a tap, but it’s a filthy brew.