No ifs, no butts….. please
September 2nd, 2010 | Uncategorized
Following on with my drought theme, if you look carefully at this photo you might think that the lady in the white uniform is watering some plants….. not so, she is washing the ground. This is a daily ritual, come rain or shine, whereby two ladies with hosepipes spend about half an hour washing the entrance and pavement area outside a local hotel (which I will not name simply because this is not the point of my story). There does not appear to be any such thing as a ‘hosepipe ban’ over here in Spain, and in this way the Spanish appear to be neither considerate nor concerned when it comes to the waste of water.
It was only a day or two ago that Angela’s uncle Fernando (a local plumber), was telling us that his most frequent call-out at the moment is from consumers who rely on underground wells to draw their water….. the wells are starting to dry up, and so we have to assume that the situation must be pretty serious in some places.
Just as a footnote, I have always rather suspected that the Spanish may suffer a little from what I call “escobaphobia” – a morbid fear of brushes or brushing. The reason I say this is that if they see a few leaves or a bit of dirt on the ground, their automatic reaction is to reach for the hosepipe rather than simply taking out a brush – as I mentioned before , a serious mis-use of water in my opinion.