Beirut roofs: one tank for each floor
A roof without a water tank is an empty roof. Finding your own water tank is a bit of an issue. With 12 floors, there’s bound to be 12 tanks. But whose tank is which? Some buildings you see they’ve painted the house number on them. Smart. I distinctly remember from 1996 – or whenever it was that I checked mine – that I had a mighty hard time locating it. Maybe I should call the plumber; he should know. He’s up there about once a year to install a new water pump that is – supposedly – going to last me 10 years. That’s what he says each time. And that’s about right for 9 months, until you’re standing in the shower, and the hot water comes and goes in spurts.
Enough said; I’ve got to get working if I want a clean bath tomorrow morning, I know I shouldn't complain. At least I have water. And hot, most of the times. That's more than many of us can say in this town.