Taps closed

There are days when there is an unusual activity around.

Early morning, ladies are seen who are all walking in the same direction with large water containers on their heads, even some young girls and guys are carrying buckets.

Men with handcarts full of yellow jerry cans with water appear on the road advertising their business.

Then we know the water company, Dawasco, has closed the taps — probably a few days ago — and water in pipes and tanks is running out.

The question is: when will the water be back? Photo: Daniel Hayduk

The question always remains: when will the water be back? Photo: Daniel Hayduk

The question always remains: when will the water be back?

All customer care numbers of Dawasco are either not in operation or non-existant.

Under the news section of their website no content is to be found.

Then, usually in the middle of the night, a beautiful sound is heard: water is running into the tanks.

Sometimes irony has it that the water flow has returned but then Tanesco is doing some planned maintenance and power is switched off unannounced — meaning the pumps will not work and one still goes along with buckets.

However, knowing the water is there makes a huge difference.

Life around resumes as normal and the water man is out of business for the time being.

As people know here, it is best to just forget all about it when there is no issue.

Don’t even start to think about countering the utility provider or suggesting a way to be informed ahead.

One day the same problem will recur and then it is time to start looking for solutions again.

Taking it day by day.

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Josie van den Hoek

Josie first visited Dar es Salaam in 2000 and is still here. She writes about encounters on her daily walks and Tanzanian life.