Vientiane was without water over the weekend. The leading Lao English newspaper had a story about it on its front page today. The article would have been a lot more useful if it featured in Friday’s edition.

The water outage was planned but the “Vientiane Water Supply Enterprise” failed to inform anyone about it. Apparently there was a notice on Lao television and the Lao language newspapers, but I doubt many expats knew about it. I heard about the outage from a Dutch guy on the Friday, who had heard a rumour about it from his Lao friends. No other volunteers I talked to were aware of the outage, and faced a weekend without washed dishes, showering or flushing toilets.

Luckily my house had a water tank so we had enough water to cover us over the weekend.