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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 20:20 (30 days ago)

Even with the increasing smoke, heat and humidity I believe I'm not alone in enjoying this time of year when it seems we have Zihuatanejo all to ourselves. Most folks have more time than I do to enjoy this time of year, to visit with friends we haven't seen for months and to do things we haven't been able to do much because of work or crowds. The only thing that gets more unpleasant each year is the increasing lack of water and the struggle and increasing cost to try to be able to bathe, wash clothes and keep a few plants from dying. Most people aren't as fortunate as Lupita and me, and they don't have connections and money to be able to have water delivered as often as we do. Many parts of town haven't had a drop of water for a month or so, and I can still count on one hand the number of times we've received city water since Christmas. But even with all the intelligent folks around I'm still a lone voice in the wilderness calling for a building moratorium until we can put our house in order. I haven't heard one other person even mention the word in the 29 years I've lived here watching this problem grow. There are new constructions in La Ropa, new constructions in Ixtapa, and of course new land invasions and new colonias keep springing up on the hilltops. All clamoring for water.

On my way back from visiting a friend in La Madera the other day I couldn't help but enjoy the tranquil scenery. Hardly a soul around but nevertheless several restaurants and streetside cafés were open for business and awaiting clients. So tempting.
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While I was topside filling our tinacos late this afternoon a huge fire was raging up the hill we call Huehuetépetl or Cerro Viejo. Gonna be smoky tonight when the breeze shifts from the ocean and starts coming from the sierra. That blue sky was the first blue we've seen in several days, but not for long.
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by HolyMole @, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 20:55 (30 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

We've spent many an enjoyable evening sitting at those tables on Calle Adelita. The only things missing are Salvador at his grill, and his longtime waiter and sidekick, Zefi - who has moved-on, hopefully to bigger things, in Guadalajara.

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by Canada1 @, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 23:53 (29 days ago) @ HolyMole

It's a wonderful place to sit and relax busy or not :-]

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Thursday, April 26, 2018, 08:37 (29 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Who makes the decision when, where and for how long to pump water? We were about to order a pipa, but when I got up around 06:00 the other morning, water was running into the cistern and didn't stop until late afternoon.

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by Talley Ho @, Thursday, April 26, 2018, 09:06 (29 days ago) @ frostbite

Not that we drink it or plan to, but is the water treated in any way or are we getting straight well water?

Some cities run their water through treatment plants and claim that is is safe to drink when it leaves the plant. No guarantee as to the condition of the pipes once it leaves, but good upon departure.


We were discussing this yesterday and planned to ask out of curiosity, and this seems like a good time to query.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, April 26, 2018, 09:36 (29 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Not that we drink it or plan to, but is the water treated in any way or are we getting straight well water?

Some cities run their water through treatment plants and claim that is is safe to drink when it leaves the plant. No guarantee as to the condition of the pipes once it leaves, but good upon departure.


We were discussing this yesterday and planned to ask out of curiosity, and this seems like a good time to query.

The water is treated to be drinkable, and theoretically if the pipes from the treatment plant leading to your house are intact and if you properly maintain your cistern and tinaco then you should be able to drink it.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands we only had a cistern that caught rain water, no city water, and we used a reverse osmosis contraption to make our own drinking water.

Here in Zihuatanejo my wife's family used to always boil their drinking water, first when they had to transport it manually to their home from La Noria and later when the first distribution system was set up. They did this up until 1991 or so. Now most of us get our drinking water from water purification services who sell it to us in garafones.

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by Talley Ho @, Thursday, April 26, 2018, 10:23 (29 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Thanks for the info.

When we lived on South Caicos, our water set up was just like what you had in the Virgin Islands.

We have regularly scheduled deliveries of bottled water, and drink that, pets too.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Thursday, April 26, 2018, 13:16 (29 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

What is the recommended procedure for cistern and tinaco maintenance?

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by Casa Juan @, Thursday, April 26, 2018, 23:08 (28 days ago) @ frostbite

I am not connected to Capaz, and rely on pipa delivery of 10,000 liters with very occasional rainwater diverted from the roof by a valve I turn if I am present during rains and the roof, and gutters are clean. I put in approximately 2 cups of bleach when I get a pipa delivery and it seems fine. I often brush my teeth with tap water but go to garafone for a glass of water. This system has worked for me for approximately 5 years.

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by HolyMole @, Thursday, April 26, 2018, 21:32 (29 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Puerto Vallarta has been using that explanation for years: that their water is potable, but the pipes can't be trusted - which makes the "our water is drinkable" claim rather hollow.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, April 26, 2018, 23:06 (28 days ago) @ HolyMole

Puerto Vallarta has been using that explanation for years: that their water is potable, but the pipes can't be trusted - which makes the "our water is drinkable" claim rather hollow.

I’ll take Zihuatanejo’s “drinking water” over Flint, Michigan’s any day.

Pruitt + EPA = Flintitis?

by HolyMole @, Friday, April 27, 2018, 00:00 (28 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

"I’ll take Zihuatanejo’s “drinking water” over Flint, Michigan’s any day."

Can't dispute that. Flint is the USA's shame, and if Pruitt survives as head of the EPA, there'll be lots more Flints.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, April 26, 2018, 09:47 (29 days ago) @ frostbite

Who makes the decision when, where and for how long to pump water? We were about to order a pipa, but when I got up around 06:00 the other morning, water was running into the cistern and didn't stop until late afternoon.

Our friend at CAPAZ does the best he can with what he has at his disposal to distribute the water they have available, which first has to go to the respective holding tanks for certain parts of town. Unfortunately due to excessive union personnel, failing infrastructure, poor-to-nonexistent city planning, deforestation, natural disasters, lack of water culture, and unscrupulous public servants we have what we have: a severely deteriorated and inefficient water distribution system.

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by Kevfra, Nevada City, CA, Thursday, April 26, 2018, 12:41 (29 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Rob, what setting do you use on your camera? Or are your shots always getting some post-production for the effect?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, April 27, 2018, 11:06 (28 days ago) @ Kevfra

Rob, what setting do you use on your camera? Or are your shots always getting some post-production for the effect?

Setting? My trusty iPhone SE doesn't have any real settings. I "develop" the photos it takes so that they look like what I saw since the raw photos always look like they have a veil over them to me diluting the clarity and colors, but maybe I did one psychedelic too many back in the day. B-)

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by Susan G @, Zihua/La Ropa, Friday, April 27, 2018, 20:53 (28 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

I also have an iphone SE, which is very similar in size and function of my past iphone 5S. In the late 60-70's, I also tried various "enhancers" but your photos are far superb, so it's definitely your talent.

The vibrant colors in the juices photo are spectacular. I've tried her orange, orange-carrot and verde juices -- all are super tasty. In Jan-Feb, I encouraged her to offer her services to the Sailfest volunteers. She's a jewel.