Buying water on STX
OK, we managed to empty our cisterns, actually the painters used most of it to power wash . . . argh!
How much is water delivery going to cost me? I am water for them to call me back but would like to be prepared.
Most people I know buy well water and many have their own filtration if they drink it... once it goes in the truck and into your cistern... how purified could it be anyway?...
Sunorski... So, out of curiosity... what is the going rate? And you know, the most likely thing is it will rain today now that you've bought water!! LOL....
I should have reported the rest of the story.
After waiting at home two full days, Marco never showed up. They reassured me over and over again but they never came.
So yes . . . after two sweaty days it finally poured for about an hour.
Never in my life was I so happy for rain. Immediately I ran around like a crazy person finding every available container to collect those precious drops of H2O. The first 5 gallons wents straight to the toilets. Next was to keep filling gallon jugs. Once I had about 12 gallons I realized I was obviously soaking wet. I ran back in the house, grabbed a bar of soap and shampoo, then back outside for my "Hollywood" shower. Best shower of my life.
Then I remembered I left my laptop near a window. I was terrified it was fried but lucked out, no water actually got in the house despite the downpour.
Finally, I looked inside the cistern and relaxed. My guess is I collected a couple thousand gallons.
And no, I did not call Marco to cancel . . . they did not call me either. Do you think they figured it out or is that the kind of service I should expect from them? Be nice to know for the next time.
Just about 20 minutes ago, we had a hugh gust of wind. We started scrambling around like in The Wizard of Oz. It actually knocked the bamboo blinds off my windows (inside), and I thought....YES!...here comes the rain. It sprinkled for about a minute and half. Still a little breezy, but the sun is out. I think Marcos, and others, must be dancing around chanting "no rain, no rain, no rain".
We also ran our cistern dry a couple of months ago... Not a big deal, since we are living in a duplex, which has 2 cisterns, and could just switch some valves to tap the 2nd cistern... But still, to be fair, we decided to go ahead and order water for the primary cistern... just to keep ahead of the season...
The first 3 companies never returned our call, one was to rude and too Cuzian to understand on his cell phone as he was driving down the highway with his window open and radio blasting in the background... one refused the job because he would "need to run his hose to far"! (Sorry, we are up on the hill in Mt Welcome, right above Gallows Bay, with paved roads and a paved drive 25 ft from the cistern cover!! I've been to worse locations on the island!)
The last one we talked to was Mario's 773.2810... the receptionist was helpful, took our message and number, the driver called back within 5 minutes... He knew exactly were we located... and said he would be there within 30 minutes. 25 minutes later... the truck pulled up... they located the cistern, ran their hoses and started the fill... while the assistant was filling, the driver and I had a good conversation out on the patio discussing various stories about the island, and what a hassle the Bypass Construction has been... all while he was filling out the invoice... 3.300 gallons... $165... no fuss, no muss... nice people with prompt service... What more can I say?? I highly recommend them... and god forbid will use them again myself... a permanent contact number in my cell phone!!