On Saturday, November 20, there was a water main break that left much of Winchester and the surrounding areas without water, including several student
On Saturday, November 20, there was a water main break that left much of Winchester and the surrounding areas without water, including several students.
Juniors Claire Lympus and Tharan Sinnathamby both experienced a lack of water at their houses on Saturday. Lympus first noticed that the water at her house was not working properly when she tried to fill a glass of water from her fridge and found that the water was “slowing down,” and when she tried to get water from the kitchen sink, it had the same effect. Sinnathamby found out about the situation when her brother, freshman Liam Sinnathamby, was trying to do the laundry, but, she said, “The water wouldn’t come out of the [washing] machine like it usually did” because “the water pressure was really low.”
Sinnathamby said that the most tedious part of losing water for the day was how her “chores piled up.” These chores included washing dishes and clothes. She said, “You just don’t realize how many chores involve water until you don’t have it.” Lympus found not being able to get water from the fridge or sink the most tedious, which she dealt with by eating ice. “I thought that if [the ice] melted a little bit then it would become cold water,” she said. Lympus also said that she kept busy while the water was out by doing homework and watching YouTube videos.
According to Lympus, her water came back around the midafternoon. She said that she didn’t know if she was the only one affected until her family’s water company “robo-called us, saying there was an outage.” Sinnathamby said that her house regained water around two hours after it first shut off. “I know a friend of my mom’s that didn’t have water for four or more hours,” she also said. She further contrasted their situations and said, “She had hers instantly shut down [while] mine slowly turned off.”
No matter how they experienced it, both students currently have water in their houses, just in time for Thanksgiving.