$9,000 for the electric company to bring a transformer is not going to work for me. Especially that I am pretty sure that it won't be long before this area is a "real" area, with "normal" people living there and needing things like water and electricity. How long though? I don't know. My guess is at least one year or two. And I would like to turn on the A/C by June. Somehow.
So, options. Looking for options.
For about a minute and a half, I consider going without electricity at all. It was fun to think about and I do think that in a more temperate climate, it could work. But not here. I am not up for it.
So, solar panels. Yes, an option. I am looking into it. Not cheap and apparently it takes a bit of a learning curve but I am investigating, talking, learning.
Also, two other options showed to hook me up to the grid. Private contractors who will be the bridge between the CFE and me, and charge me less for the install. The first one came at $6,000 and I am going to hear back from the other one tomorrow.
Some moments, I am bored with the topic and it feels refreshing to set it aside for a while. Others, I worry. Mostly, I am curious.
Something will show up.
The topic of water brings up two sub-topics. One is "water to my house" and the other is "the water treatment plant."
Water to my house is going to be just fine, I believe. The cistern is not built yet, just a big hole for now, but when it is, it will be a matter of calling Dani (same guy who "fixed" my oil gas cap) and order a "pipa" to fill it. Or to get water from Alberto if our deal is still valid. That will be quick and smooth. And also, BIG NEWS: I have learned that there is a meeting next Friday to discuss getting our own city well! That's fun and especially fun to see how this little remote place is getting organized. I wonder what it will look / feel like in a year or two.
Then, there is the water treatment plant and what is going to take place there.
One of the wins is that we got our first 1000 signatures quite fast. Fast enough that when Nellie met with the delegado, he was impressed, possibly a little nervous.
While I am not in the front line, I get regular briefings and I can tell you this: something is happening. Meeting after meeting, we are getting noticed. A couple of days ago, a letter to the people was written and signed stating that things are being done and that "within a month or a month and a half," the plant will be working at a 100%. It also asked people to remain calm and understanding and ended with "affectionate salutations" or something like this, very Mexican.
I saw it as a win and was going to get ready to do a little dance but Nellie said to me: They are just wanting us to be quiet. Don't buy it. Followed by "I am not above blocking the highway if that's what it takes."
So. Things could get interesting.
Meanwhile, it still smells and I am told that since the trucks have been refused access to the field, they are now dumping straight into the dry river bed. Which will not be dry for more than a few weeks, and which lead into the ocean - and near the main well.
Bottom line is: there are changes in the air (no pun intended) and I believe that a lot is happening energetically. A cleansing, a transformation. I believe that the timing is right and that by the time Lila and I make our way there for our first night, many things will have been healed.