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November 13, 2012

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Water, water, everywhere. But not a drop to spare. No, really though.

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I was obsessing over school work in the library around 6:00pm last night when an announcement came over the loud speakers. It went something like this: “the water doesn’t seem to be working in the library so please refrain from using the bathrooms and water fountains.” Moments later, another announcement was made, stating that “it is worse than we thought, a water main line in Worcester broke so all of the city, Clark included, does not have running water- DON’T DRINK OR GO TO THE BATHROOM. PLEASE JUST DON’T!” Laughter was heard throughout the library as students couldn’t believe what was just said. I thought to myself “first Hurricane Sandy, then the Nor’easter, and now this?!” Immediately I felt parched and desperately tried to control my bladder as I would be spending the entire night in the library. After countless hours of research for a Sociology paper, I decided to go home and head to bed, yes, without a shower. I soon heard a light drizzle on my window turn into a echoing down poor of rain. The irony that water was everywhere, yet nowhere at the same time, was hard to ignore as the rained continued into morning in Worcester.

The repair of the water main break last night.

Now, you would think that most people would complain about not being able to shower or drink water, but at Clark the two major concerns seem to be “how am I going to make coffee?” and “what am I supposed to do.. buy bottled water?!” It has been a little over twenty four hours and the city of Worcester still has notified us that the water is still being tested and therefore not yet safe to drink, cook with, etc., but at least it’s running now! Though this situation is easy to joke about, it makes us aware just how much we depend on certain resources that others do not have readily available to them. It has been so interesting seeing how students have adapted and altered their daily routines because of the circumstances. Now, I know this is the International Development major speaking in me but the fact that some students have been saying how much of a hassle boiling water for their own use has been (and it is when that’s not what we are accustomed to) is a tad bit absurd. In reality water is a basic necessity of human life and takes significant effort to obtain in some areas of the world. I hope that each student has become just a little more thankful and in touch with reality after a day or two without clean, safe, running water.

Women carrying water collected from taps installed by international aid agencies in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

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3 Comments
  1. Stefanie Gough
    Nov 13 2012

    Hahahaha omg so true! No coffee and the refusal to buy bottled water…so Clark.

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