Friday we were out looking at a couple hill towns to see what kind of holiday light displays they had put up and got back to town after dark. We walked around the centro storico a little and then stopped into one of our favorite bars and learned that Ascoli Piceno and the entire Tronto Valle down to Porto d’Ascoli were without water. The word was we would have water Sunday. This happened to us before in May of this year, my hopes for “a one time experience” have been dashed.
We had an appointment in Ripatransone early Saturday morning and I had ten plastic 1.5 litre water bottles saved for recycling which I took with us. This town is not in our valley so they are not on the same water line. After our morning appointment I filled the bottles and when we got back to our apartment I removed the cover from the inside wall toilet tank so I could pour water into it. A day or two without a shower is one thing but not being able to flush the toilet creates a whole set of new problems.
This lack of water affects over 150,000 people; families and businesses that can not do simple things like wash dishes, take a shower or flush the toilet. I like camping but this is not my idea of a bel’ Italia. Today the papers announced that water would be on for 2 hours starting at noon, this will continue until they have the water back in full service. The new projected date for “normal” water service is January 3rd, yes we will have a dry capodanno in Ascoli Piceno.
The water reached our 3rd floor apartment around 12:30PM and the pressure was enough to fill every water-worthy container we had but not enough for us to be able to take showers (we have no bathtub). So after three days of no shower we went in search of an Autogrill as we had seen shower units before at these along the A14. We decided to make the trip to Pescara to our favorite Japanese restaurant and enjoyed a refreshing shower at an Autogrill on our way back north.
What we will do between now and Thursday we have not yet decided, one bucket of water at a time and one day at a time.