So today was my first HORRIFIC experience with having NO water in Vacamonte, Arraijan Panama. And here I thought I managed to bypass the Panama city water issues since I wasn’t there last December or this December.
They said it was ALL of Vacamonte, but I have not idea if that’s correct information because it’s very hard to get truthful information in Panama.
I believe they shut the water off around 4-5 am, as I had gotten up & there was no water. I figured by the time I got up it would be back on, but NO SUCH LUCK.
The entire day it was off & I couldn’t run my errands, as I couldn’t take a shower. That coupled with the stress of the Internet going down AGAIN, I now had another headache. I have MORE headaches in Panama then I ever did back in Ontario.
Marie went over to Idaan & they told her there was a MAJOR problem, & we have to call the Idaan Vacamonte location & they gave her 2 different numbers (207-1200 & 255-2671). I tried both, none would work.
I managed to get 2 different numbers from an expat (523-8567 & 523-8568) & we called them over & over again all the while me spending tons of money on minutes. First we got a woman who lied & said it would be on in an hour (it was 2:20 pm). Of course the water WASN’T turned on within the hour. We also got hung up on several times.
Then we called Idaan again 2-3 hours later & spoke to a man who said it would be back on later in the afternoon (it was already 4 pm, how much later in the afternoon could it be?)
He gave us a direct 24 hour line to Idaan 504-5723 & we waited.
Finally 2 hours later we started calling & the woman there hung up the phone on us 3 different times. How anyone can live like this with people who treat each other with such disrespect is beyond me.
I tried calling back those other 2 numbers given to Marie with no success, & the other working numbers had no one manning the phones any longer as clearly they were closed since it was after 4 pm.
Then I decided to go next door to the neighbor I spoke to this morning when I went to confirm that it wasn’t just MY house that had no water. He spoke to Marie & eventually gave me the number to Idaan in I believe Vacamonte 523-8654.
That number isn’t even close to the numbers Marie was given from the Idaan Panama City location.
This is what I mean by lack of intelligence. Mistake after mistake after mistake. NOTHING in this country runs smoothly. Everything is always a struggle. The amount of extra work that has to be done just to get ONE thing done amazes me. Lack of organization, lack of a database with ALL the locations & ALL their correct numbers. Even if they didn’t have a database, what, they DON’T have a handbook with this information in it? What did the US & Canada do before computers? They were organized & streamlined – for the most part.
The neighbor was nice enough to call Idaan & again they told him there was a MAJOR problem. The Idaan guy told him hopefully by 8 pm. We’ll see, but I doubt it. It’s now 7:21 pm.
Of course I wasn’t prepared for this so I have been struggling all day to stay hydrated & thank gawd I had bottles of shitty water from back when the landlady had shut off the water in the last place I lived. I haven’t posted that drama story yet, but I will.
How a country that is SO hot & sooo dirty & dusty can go with NO WATER is beyond me. Yes people with money have those HUGE blue water tanks, but since I haven’t been stable since I got here, I never looked into how it works & got one.