Like other modern city-dwellers, we pay Tallinna Vesi each month to pipe in fresh water and take away our black and grey water.
But as it turns out, the main sewage pipe of our eight-unit building from 1910 has never been connected to the grid like the other houses on our street. It seems hard to believe, but the pipe goes somewhere...then peters out below the ground.
Apart from this making the property, one would think, the most nitrogen-rich in all of Tallinn -- perhaps we should look into growing crops and mining saltpetre here -- it's now clear that dribbling effluent is unsustainable in the long term.
No, there isn't much of a smell, at least that my non-pregnant nose can detect. My wife says it is bad. We live on the lowest level, and water is not going down as well. Flushables are not flushing as well as they ought. The situation has been declining for months.
Tallinna Vesi has been the very model of what is known locally as JOKK -- "legally speaking, everything is in the clear".
From January 4-12, they closed the sidewalk with signs, and dug a big hole. It all looked proper, like they knew what they were doing. Then, on the evening of the 11th, they filled in the hole and paved it over. Alas, they had not connected their pipe to ours, not had they told our apartment association: "OK, we're ready for you to hook up your end of the pipe."
Now they shrug their shoulders. Say they've done their part -- installed the pipe to the property line.
They don't want our sh*t, but we're going to give them some.