India. Plumbing Fixtures, Water and Sewer in India

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  1. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Plumbing in India with so many people has it's challenges. A vast portion is farm land, and then there are the tightly packed cities. Mumbai for example has 20.5 million people. My last day in India was in Mumbai, and unlike the memory in my head of the movie Slumdog Millionaire, it was more like Seattle. It is on the coast and has a central bay with parks and walkways around it. In the evening you will find young people out meeting friends, and couples. In parts there is a strong English and French look about the city, and then many high rises too. A lot of the washing is done by hand. Electrical rates are high, and hotels and hospitals have their wash done by hand and then air dried. The owner of the electric utility in Mumbai once lived in a high rise devoted to him and three others with a staff of 600. The building now is mainly vacant as he decided to live elsewhere.
    Other times, we saw men and women using the side of the road, or the open sewer ditches along many of the roads. A good reason to have a dress on if you're a woman. Paper on rolls can be hard to find in public bathrooms. It's a good idea to bring 10 RP in to pay the attendant. You may often find a bidet spray, as there are quite a few Moslem in the country.
    I did not get a chance to see much but the better places. We stayed at five star hotels and lunches were arranged by our private driver in between towns. They were hand picked places to eat.

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    An open ditch to carry sewer waste along the side of the road.

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    In this case, they were doing business above it.

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    In this case, you have the faucet to the right and a drain below it.

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    This was in a five star hotel.
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    Notice the discharge closer to the wall than in the US

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    This used to be where they got water. It's now gated off, but it was steps down to a well.

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    We saw a lot of the hand pumps
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  3. Terry

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    All day long we saw this. That's a common sewer ditch that he's using.

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    1/2" galvanized water lines on the ground or on the sides of buildings for water.

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    More water supplies and a pump going somewhere?
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    Sewer ditch on the side of the road.

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    The tall building in the right-center was a personal residence for the owner of the electrical utility in Mumbai. The taller one with the decks. That tall building was for a family of four and 600 servants.

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    Food prep

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    Pump stations for sewer in the pink towers.
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  5. ChrisNJ

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    Thanks for the tour! Makes you really appreciate what we have over here. What brought you to India?
  6. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Airplane ?


    That is cool.

    Thanks Terry.
  7. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    I say they must use a lot of Imodium there, or have built up a tolerance to the exposure. lave los manos, por favor!:eek:
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    Bob, you mentioned seeing a cat in one of your posts? I saw it, too... like he was hung out to dry, not good... :(
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    No Cookie, that wasn't me; that post was by another member and it was in Terry's Electrical in India thread. I did not see it until it was pointed out. Yuck. Maybe they are making cat Jerkey.
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    A nice bucket of water

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    We saw these water tanks all over on top of buildings.

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    The goat is walking along the sewer ditch.

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    This is an old bathroom. The corner of the room is usded and then it's washed into the hole in the wall and there is a big open room for waster back there.

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    An newer toilet

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    Even newer toilet
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    Open sewer ditch in front.

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    Getting water from a well.

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    A well.

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  12. Tom Sawyer

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    Doesn't look like much has changed since I was over there in the early 80's and I imagine the pervasive smell is still there too. Took several days after leaving Delhi for the stench to get out of my nose.
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