The other day the water filter lady came by to change our water filter.
The problem we have here with water is a perfect example of the survival mentality required for the post economical collpae lifestyle.
Water is life. Anyone knows that. You don’t live long without it and people usually take it for granted, survivalists know that particularly well.
You should beep several galons of water stored at home for emergecy use.
But what happens with our tap water here in Buenos Aires?
We occasionally loose service for a while, specially in summer, and in some places people have been without water for over a week ( yo should try that) but we do have tap water.
Well, at least 65% of the people in the Buenos Aires southern suburbs has.
Of course I pay for my tap water, only difference is that my bill, unlike you lucky guys, has a small warning ( smallest letter size, of couse) at the bottom:
"This water should not be consumed by pregnant women or children under 3 years of age."
That’s nice. Contaminated tap water. How is this possible?
Our government simply approves a terrible standard for our water. So the water company has a right to provide bad tap water, that would be illegal in any serious country.
It’s of course dirty with small particles and full of dead microorganisms. Dead because of the chlorine.
You see, instead of actually going through a real purifying process, they just filter it a bit and dump lots of chlorine so as to make it potable, or at least so that no one dies from ecoli and sews them.
Nice thing about cancer is that unlike polluted water, it’s almost impossible to prove that your cancer was provoked by the excessive chlorine in water, or the heavy metal or arsenic.
So, the filter I have filters everything, but also absorbs the chlorine out of the water, but it requires replacement every 3 years, you can’t just retro-feed it to clean it, because the absorbed chlorine stays in there and eventually it stops absorbing it.
The replacement cups filter the bigger particles and gets replaced every 3 months or so.
The lady came by to replace the filter and also left me a year supply of cups, and a couple other parts like little hoses the filter needs and may brake ( not likely but I keep some spare parts just in case)
The woman that came was actually the daughter of the woman that came last year, and this leads us to the second part of this post.
She’s a radiologist but lack of job made her start working with her mother.
This happens a lot these days. People that had different profesions or trades and went back to work with teh family due to lack of job.
In the old days kids just went their way, but now in many cases young people try to pick up the profession or trade of their parents.
Now, with the unemployment, it looks like an attractive alternative.
You often find father and son/daughter working together that are doctors, lawyers, accountants, or working in the same family business or trade.
The plumber, electrician or painter will usually come with his son that is slowly following dad’s or mom’s steps.
Just take this into consideration when or if you are about to choose a career or occupation.
Knowing that money will be better if the son picks up the family trade or business makes such profession much more attractive.
Just think about it, take it into consideration, and talk about it with your father or suggest it to your children.