We have a notice from Thames Water that they propose to cut off our water for six hours tomorrow and for another four hours on the following Sunday.
Why Sundays I wonder? If they had chosen a week-day, the children would be at school and most of the residents would be at work. Sunday is the day when most people are at home. We cook our big meal of the week and wash up afterwards. People wash their clothes, their hair, their cars, to be ready for the new week. There are more people around to flush lavatories, drink tea, tend their gardens and clean the house.
If you sat down to work out which day of the week would be most disrupted by cutting off the water supply, you would come up with Sunday.
Looked at from their point of view – and the employees of utility companies, like those of privatised railway companies, look exclusively from their own point of view – the overtime is much better on Sunday. And there is no point in their being at home, because there won’t be any water.