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For the Love of Faucets…………..

April 16, 2009

After visiting the Toilet Museum, I realized I have my own little showroom of interesting plumbing. Let me show you what I mean.

First of all, every room in our house that has water has its own water heater. In the U.S., typically there is one water heater for the entire house. These water heaters in each room work fine – the one in the kitchen could be a little larger but it works well enough.


Each bathroom has one of these drains by the toilet.


And also under the sinks.


And you need a degree in engineering or a teenager to figure out the showers. πŸ˜‰



And finally, the kitchen sink. An advanced degree could be helpful here.


The white box to the left of the faucet(s) is the water filtration system.

Maybe some one could explain this more precisely – but each house also has a water tank – often they are on the roof. You can actually run out of water here – so far we have not – but you can. I think our house also has a tank underground.

Yesterday we were without water for 4 hours while the tank was cleaned. Nope, I did not mind that one bit – if you are trying to keep my water cleaner, I will (gladly) do without water for 4 hours. Thank you!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Kim permalink
    April 30, 2009 8:12 pm

    Good grief!! Looks like a master’s degree is needed!

  2. lisa permalink
    April 21, 2009 12:46 pm

    at least you have a sink in the kitchen – we were worried about that initially πŸ™‚ Or was that the fridge πŸ™‚

  3. April 18, 2009 11:20 am

    That is one scary looking sink!!!

  4. monikamanchanda permalink
    April 18, 2009 7:35 am

    u are tagged

  5. April 18, 2009 2:34 am

    Where does the water that goes into the tanks come from?

  6. April 17, 2009 4:37 pm

    Bloody hell! Those tanks would drive me CRAZY! Can’t they build cabinets around them? I’d be using some of those pretty textiles you’ve been buying to hide those ugly contraptions πŸ˜‰

  7. April 17, 2009 10:44 am

    OMG, that would be a little hard to decorate around all those water heaters. So different, but yes I would put up with being without water for 4 hours for cleaner water too.

  8. Anita permalink
    April 17, 2009 10:29 am

    I couldn’t help laughing. That’s exactly how my parents’ home is. I still have not figured out the faucets. When I am there, I just fill a bucket, and scoop the water with a big mug to shower. My kids think its fun to shower that way, they call it “bucket bath”!

    The worst thing that could happen with the O/H tank is if it ran out of water while you still had soap in your eyes. I think the pumps now have a waterlevel sensor and will pump water upto the tank as soon as the water dips below a certain level. Thank heavens for those!

  9. bindu permalink
    April 17, 2009 10:21 am

    Well, when I lived in NYC, they used to shut off water for 24 hrs since it had 16 floors. No sweat! I will let them clean it as long as it takes. Anyone who believes in simple hygeine and knows that water gets contaminated, will get the tanks cleaned anywhere in the world! And summer brings insects and bugs. Most people still do not have gysers( the small white container in the pic) in every bathroom or kitchen in the house. Most have just a bigger version of what you have in the main bathroom( most houses have just one batroom). You have to wait after one person takes bath(not shower), for it to reheat water.

  10. Kathleen permalink
    April 17, 2009 8:48 am

    so in the kitchen there, the smaller spigot, is that for drinking water? My mom’s house has a small one like that as its speciallly filtered water for drinking (they live out in the country here so they have well water and the specially filtered drinking water doesn’t taste like well water)

  11. April 17, 2009 8:46 am

    Yeah, it sure does get complicated in India.

    The tanks on the roof and underground are made to store water becuase in most of the places, you don’t get fresh running water supply. The supply is limited to a certain timings in a day (sometimes maybe twice or thrice a day). Therefore, everyone stores water that can be used when there is no fresh water. This calls for extra plumbing. There is plumbing that goes from the fresh water supply to your bathrooms and kitchen (usually) and then, there is plumbing that goes from the overhead (roof) tank to the bathrooms and kitchens.

    The underground tank is the extra storing space. So when the tank on the roof runs out of water, the water from the underground tank is pumped upto to refill the overhead (roof) tank. Just a way to ensure that you have ample water all the time.

    Many people have their own water as they do not want to rely on the fresh water supply. They bore a deep tube well and then pump water to fill their tanks et al. But thus water is usually not potable.

  12. Oma permalink
    April 17, 2009 8:04 am

    Wow this sure does not look like your kitchen at home.
    The adventure just keeps going on and on. Thanks for taking your old buddies with you.


  13. April 17, 2009 7:04 am

    For clean water? I’d wait for as long as it took.

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  15. April 16, 2009 11:41 pm

    LOL !! I just realized how complicated the plumbing in India is. But you know u are still lucky. Yours is a newer construction house so all the plumbing is concealed. The bathroom in my home in India has all the pipes running along the walls of the bathroom. One going up to the water tank, another coming down from it, and another going to the sink, another going up to the shower.. and the list goes on….

  16. m2thes permalink
    April 16, 2009 11:23 pm

    how interesting…
    in my apartment they are also cleaning the tank today. however instead of four hours they have a notice saying it will take two days! anyways wondering if everyone around India is cleaning their tanks around this time? and why are they cleaning it around this time?
    because of the monsoon?

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