The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Friday, Debtember 13, 2002

Oh duh! It's Friday the 13 …


Our October water bill was something like $300.


According to the Water Company though, we used something like nine hundred billion gallons of water in October and thus we were duly required to pay for this spike in usage. And spike it is—our normal water bill is not even close to this range.

None of us here in the Facility in the Middle of Nowhere can recall how or where we used nine hundred billion gallons of water. We thought that perhaps the construction workers used our spigot to water down the roof or something, but that was back in September, not October. The only odd thing water wise to happen in October were my attempts to clean the courtyard but I seriously doubt I used nine hundred billion gallons of water doing that (come on—the water pressure here could barely drive an industrial strength water nozzle).

Color us perplexed.

On top of that:

The city of Boca Raton has declared a water contamination emergency and is warning all residents and businesses to boil drinking water until further notice. This water advisory was issued Thursday, Dec. 12, after routine water tests revealed the presence of Coliform bacteria in samples from throughout the city's water system.

The Palm Beach County Health Department requires two consecutive days of clean water tests before the advisory can be lifted, so Boca Raton water users will be asked to boil their water until at least Saturday, Dec. 14.

Water should be boiled for at least three minutes before drinking, brushing teeth, washing dishes or food preparation.

The presence of bacteria could cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea and headaches. Boiling the water kills the bacteria.

For updates, water customers can call the city's hot line at 367-7004.

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