Water Pressure

   13 April 2009, late afternoon

Warm water wets my hair. Quickly. I shower, knowing the water isn’t going to get cold. I could scald myself in the shower if I wanted. Oh how I missed you, Canadian Water Pressure and Plumbing. Truly, you are a beautiful thing.



  1. Oh hymn to water pressure :)

  2. When we lived in London there were electric water pumps installed in all of the Canadian government-owned residences so the diplomatic families could enjoy ‘North American-style’ water pressure. When you turned on the shower it sounded like you were starting a lawn mower.

    That and we had big appliances too.

  3. When we first moved here in 1989 my brothers and I were still very much British in our heads. So we’d argue with my cousin Usha, who had visted us in London several times, about what country was better. One of her arguments was that England had really crappy water pressure. When I was younger, I thought, “what kind of argument is that?” And then when we went back to London for a visit in 1995 I realised how right she was.

  4. English plumbing is beyond comprehension. My room in Oxford had two taps, one for hot and one for cold water. To get warm water i had to scald my left and freeze my right hand in order to mix the water in mid air.

  5. Amen to Canada. Yeah, Tiff’s right, our Oxford rez shower water was cold and ever so flaccid (pardon the pun).

    I remember that I was all soaped up when my shower water turned from somewhat lukewarm to incredibly cold.

    It was very depressing.

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