I neglected to mention that the city of Sahuayo has been without water for the past week and a half. The main municipal pump burnt up and water authorities are as they say ‘working on the problem’.

I’ve been told that there is a 65000 liter reservoir under my house but how full it is can’t be verified because I can’t get the concrete cover in the laundry area unstuck.

Water distribution in Sahuayo is an interestingly jury-rigged proposition at best.The water mains are mere 1 1/2 inch galvanized pipes that run above ground at sidewalk level. They feed the reservoir under your house. Each house has a small electric pump that pumps the water from the subterranean reservoir to a 1000 liter cistern that sits on top of your house. Gravity does the rest.