The Pony returned to work Wednesday after three days off for the holidays. Having Tuesday as his regular day off is quite a perk when a paid holiday falls on Sunday! The return was not as uneventful as The Pony had hoped. By 8:35 a.m., I had a text:
"Oh boy. Apparently Sis-Town is and possibly has been under a boil water order."
"How did you find that out?"
"Well, go to Country Mart and buy some bottled water to drink."
"Point being that it's too late for that!"
"The water isn't going to kill you. Dad says."
"Well yeah, he drank creek water."
I guess that was a shock, after being off for the holidays, and spending Tuesday with us and Genius at the casino, to find out that he shouldn't have been drinking the water. To find out by seeing the headline on a paper he was supposed to deliver. I couldn't find the story on my online newspaper that I don't subscribe to. My estranged BFF Google led me to the city's Facebook page, which had more details in the comments. I shared the info with The Pony when he was off work.
"I guess the only update for the water situation is the city's Facebook page. You could sign up for text notifications, but that app is down, and the person in charge is on vacation. So nobody got their notices of the boil water order."
"Nah. I'm just assuming it's fine. Even the article said it was a precautionary one and the water was testing fine."
"That was before the latest break. But Dad says it should be kind of okay..."
"There was another one today?"
"They supposedly are pumping water from the fire truck, but Dad says it has a stainless steel tank, and should probably be okay. Just not rated for human consumption. He used to be on the fire department, you know. He ran over an old lady with the fire truck."
"Ah. Last I looked, their Facebook page wasn't loading right."
"I'm on it right now, on my laptop. Did a Google search and clicked on it. Update three hours ago. People are hot about the Christmas tournament, and all the basketball teams and fans using water! Due to the notice to conserve."
"Yeah. I'm not gonna let it stop me from my hot bath. Also, I was drinking water normally for a couple days with it like this, so damage is already done regardless."
"Probably okay, unless it's muddy with particles!"
"Yep. Mine's been fine from stuff like that."
Meanwhile, just typing this tale had me reaching for several swigs of my sweet, sweet well water.