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Water supply

Some older apartment blocks are not on mains water supply, so the water tanks installed for each building have to be refilled, this can sometimes be a problem if the proprietor or management agency is unable to get the delivery tankers to re-fill immediately.

Those renting short term (holiday let) occasionally may find that the water tanks have run dry, sometimes the owners of the apartments leave tap water (non-drinking) in containers so you can use them for washing up or washing clothes, or when there is a power cut. When there is a power cut there is no electricity to the pumps to deliver water to the apartments. Please make sure you turn off taps if testing that if there is water, some people have left taps open during a power cut, then gone out, only to find that on return they have flooded the apartment, caused damage to the apartment below and contributed to loosing most of the water from the buildings water tank! This can be costly for the owner and cause inconvenience to others as well as the management company!

The Water Tank Suppliers that bring in the water from Palmeira on their water delivery wagon, may not be able to fill the tank up immediately , it could take a day or longer. The owner of the apartment or the management agency will be able to chase up the refilling of the tank.

There are more power cuts on the less developed islands since some improvements have been made to drainage, sub stations and main island generators on the more developed or tourist islands. 

TIP: During an extended power cut, use the dirty washing up water to flush the toilets when you need to or bucket water after mopping the floors.

The mains water also has occasion to go off, I don't know why, but this doesn't affect hotels etc. as they get their supply from Cabocan.

Work is taking place to install and connect the pipe work carrying water from Palmeira to Santa Maria on the island of Sal, but as many older properties are still on tank supply only, and newer buildings are being built, it could be 2yrs before the supply reaches everyone. As more buildings will be wanting mains water and there are more properties being built it is likely that the situation will get worse before it gets better.

Bottled water - recommend you use this for drinking, cleaning teeth and for ice cubes. 

There are also companies that supply water filters, however not every apartment will have those installed or have the filters cleaned or changed on a regular basis!

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