...because some idiot thieves broke our water pipes to steal the water meters. Can you believe it? It's true, it's true! Apparently, water meters, being cast iron, sell for P400 per kilo at junk shops. We weren't the only victims, either: our neighbor also had theirs stolen, all three of them. So all in all, the thieves must have made P3,200 (assuming 2 kg per meter) from their haul last night.
I don't know what the going rate for a brand new water meter is, but I can guess they'd be much more than the P800 that the thieves will sell it for. Pathetic, really, how goons can take something of value and whittle it down to much less than what it's really worth. All for what? Food? Alcohol? Drugs? Whoring?
Fortunately for us, the water district seems to have a protocol for incidents like this. They instructed us to call 911, who would then send in the police to take the complaint. Then they'd replace the water meters for free. Isn't that nice?