Montreal under boil water advisory; call me when they issue a boil beer advisory


The problem is you get used to doing so many things without thinking

Montreal is currently in the throes of a boil water advisory; a huge boil water advisory. Those of us who consider ourselves urbanites often scoff when we hear of the occasional suburban water warning. Ha, we say, all part of living out in the boonies. Here in the heart of modernity we don’t have to worry about such things. Well … not often at least.

… you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone

Almost 1.5 million residents on the island of Montreal are affected by this advisory. The warning implores us to start using bottled water or tap water that has been boiled for at least one minute for drinking, mixing with other drinks, preparing baby bottles and baby food, brushing teeth, washing raw fruits and vegetables, preparing vegetables for cooking and, making ice cubes. You can use tap water for laundry, bathing and running the dishwasher.

Alas, for the moment those feats of modern plumbing are off-limits, taped up like crime scenes.

You wouldn’t think that would be hard to do, but as the old saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. The problem is you get used to doing so many things without thinking, and now you have to think, and sometimes that hurts. Taking a vitamin pill, brushing your teeth, keeping your mouth shut in the shower (no singing); all actions usually done in an early morning fog now require a wee bit of forethought and planning. You’ve got to boil the water, let it cool, put some in a glass, make your way to the bathroom, and brush.

“Beer, so much more than a breakfast drink’! Here’s hoping they don’t issue a boil beer advisory!

I’m neither a camper nor backpacker. I love nature as I see it out my window or from a café terrace. I’m not a suburbanite who just takes these things in stride. I’m a city kid born and raised. I’m not a carrier of water (nor hewer of wood for that matter) in plastic bottles as I’m used to having fluoridated water spigots available at every turn; we call them faucets and water fountains. Alas, for the moment those feats of modern plumbing are off-limits, taped up like crime scenes.

I for one will be pleased when this is over, but for now I just keep thinking about that silly old T-shirt saying “Beer, so much more than a breakfast drink’! Here’s hoping they don’t issue a boil beer advisory!

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3 thoughts on “Montreal under boil water advisory; call me when they issue a boil beer advisory

  1. The world as we knew it back THEN, WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. As a former Montrealer (LaSalle) – now residing in UGH – Vancouver – I’d dearly love to chat with others re the GOOD days of Montreal back in the late 40s and all the 50 s.
    I also have a very unique”hobby” which also involves a lot of Montreal yesteryear.

  2. Pingback: Montreal lifts boil water advisory; water pipe problem still better than crack pipe mess | DCMontreal

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