March 5 – Water and Electricity supplies

What are the electricity and water supplies like here? Well, power cuts are not uncommon – we had two in Durres and a two hour one here in Saranda last week, which is really long.

As for water, the water meters and the equivalent of our stop-cocks are located in the street, open for anyone to tamper with them – see photo below of the meters in our block of flats. Yesterday there was no water, nor this morning. I contacted the airbnb host and she said that kids sometimes fiddle with the taps – it seems like a common occurance that people just put up with. If there’s no water, you go out and turn it on again. So I did and it’s now fine. Just one of those Albanian things!