When it rains…
We are in the rainy season, and that means aguaceros (downpours) most days. The downside is most things stop since streets flood and people have a hard time traveling. This can be frustrating when carefully designed plans are cancelled at the last minute (more for me than for anyone else I believe.) However, many kids take the opportunity to run around and play with their friends in the flooded streets.
I live in a community without running water. We have been in a drought and there is a system is in place for running water but it rarely functions. Most homes have large tanks or buckets in place to catch water to pull from later. Some people have pump systems to create running water throughout their home. We have a mixture of running water and bucket systems in my house. The upside to rainy season is as long as you have buckets, you have water. When it’s dry for a long time, families either have to buy water, have it delivered to their homes, or go without. This can create all sorts of difficulties.
When I first arrived, my family only used buckets. The water was for washing dishes, hands, bucket bathing, cooking (this was a special bucket that is covered and cleaner than the open ones), flushing the toilet, and more. Think about everything you use water for in your house. Now imagine filling buckets of water throughout the house to be able to do all these things. Makes you appreciate simply turing a faucet, yeah? I know I do!
With that said, there is something to be said for bucket bathing. You use way less water and after a few times of getting your system down, you feel just as clean at the end of it. The grey bucket in the middle is what I would use for my bucket baths. Anyone up for a challenge? Try a bucket bath!