When I first moved in here I took photos of the old water heater in the communal backyard area.
Then I lost them.
So I took some more.....as you do.
Recently the heater has been leaking, with the ground around it staying damp for up to three meters.
A plumber was called out and was heard to say, "I've never seen anyhting like it. I've been a plumber for 35 years and I've never seen a water heater like this.
It's a huge storage tank, three of me would easily fit inside it, and it services all of the four flats in my building.
Why? Who knows? All I know is the pump runs 24/7 and is quite noisy.
The dampness spreads all the way to the washing line and almost to the fence.
Somewhere to the left of these electrical cords are pipes, one of which had sprung a slow leak.
I thought the damp was from overnight rain which hadn't dried up yet, then as it continued to stay damp, I thought is was overflow, since there was always dribbles of water running down the outsides of the tank.
Eventually someone called a plumber who discovered the leaky pipe.
I'm not sure if there are plans to convert my block. It seems like this would be a good idea, but there's a lot of time, work and money involved in such a conversion.
And there may not be enough space to locate them.
In the above photo, you can see two heaters either side of the central access doorway which has the stairs to the upper flats. This block is the "T" that comes off my block.
In "my" block, the left of the access doorway is my closed in back porch which backs on to the end of the lower right hand flat you see here. To the right of our doorway is the water heater, then two small rooms which used to be outdoor shared laundries. These are now filled with junk. So space is an issue.
But as long as I am still able to run my washing machine and have hot showers, that's fine.