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Without Hot Water for more than a Month in a City Hall Building

Without Hot Water for more than a Month in a City Hall Building 


The Municipal Housing Institute of Barcelona has now started to install disposals on each floor

I have a large basin that I leave in the shower and fill it with hot water and that's how I shower," explains Rafaela Codina, a 78-year-old from Barcelona who has been living without hot water or heating for 40 days. Like her, since December 2nd all the residents of the 90 floors of a public housing development in the Raval owned by the Barcelona City Council have had to be cold and look for alternatives to be able to shower in conditions due to fault of an "incident". Sources from the Municipal Housing Institute have explained to the ARA that it is "a major and particularly complex breakdown" that affects both the building's boilers and the pipes of this property, inaugurated on the year 2011. According to the same source, this "complexity" has forced the operators to make different visits to find the cause of the incident, and then they have encountered "difficulties in getting the material for the repair". Because of all this, a hundred elderly people have been without hot water or heating for more than a month.

Assuming that the repair will still take months and after the ARA asked about this case, the Municipal Institute of Housing has started to install hot water accumulators on each floor. The first ones arrived this Monday, but City Council sources warn that it will still take about 10 days for all the flats to have their individual water tank. In the meantime, in a house in the building that is empty, they will install a tank with a larger capacity so that neighbors who do not yet have hot water can take turns taking a shower. "It will be necessary to see what hygienic measures are taken because we can't shower one after the other if it's not being cleaned," complains Manel Bayona, one of the 85-year-old residents. 

Without Hot Water


He is one of the signatories of the document that those affected will present to the Municipal Housing Institute to denounce their "lack of respect and empathy for the delay in repairing this basic service". In his case, he and his wife, Adelaida, tried to take turns showering, one climbing on top of the toilet bowl and running hot water down the wall while the other was in a hurry to take a shower. When their children found out what they were doing, they were banned and since then they have been going to shower at the house of one of them who lives in Poble-sec. 

he and his wife, Adelaide, tried to take turns showering, one climbing on top of the toilet bowl and running hot water down the wall while the other rushed to shower. When their children found out what they were doing, they were banned and since then they have been going to shower at the house of one of them who lives in Poble-sec. he and his wife, Adelaide, tried to take turns showering, one climbing on top of the toilet bowl and running hot water down the wall while the other rushed to shower. When their children found out what they were doing, they were banned and since then they have been going to shower at the house of one of them who lives in Poble-sec.


Alternative


The City Council has also offered them to take a shower at the Can Ricart gym, where they can enter by showing their ID. The solution, however, has not been liked very much by those affected: "They shouldn't even have proposed it. But how are we supposed to go to a public gym? If there are people who go with the taca-taca", complains Bayona.

With regard to heating, the City Council has distributed electric radiators among the residents and has undertaken to assume part of the electricity bill for the coming months, to compensate for the increase that may have resulted from the use of electricity for heating. After the experience of the heaters, however, some residents doubt the commitment of the City Council.

The development affected by this major breakdown consists of two buildings with services for the elderly with a total of 96 floors and which were inaugurated in 2011. Construction began during the term of mayor Jordi Hereu. The two buildings are between Lleialtat and Reina Amàlia streets in Barcelona's Raval, on the lot where the old Folch i Torres swimming pool was.

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