I didn’t have a hot shower for two and a half weeks when I moved into my apartment. Hot water in Ulaanbaatar is centralised for most people. It is heated out of town by the local coal fired power plant and pumped through the city to provide central heating and hot water for the lucky ones connected to the system. One of the downsides is that every summer they dig up the pipes around the city to fix them, and there are rolling hot water cuts for two weeks at a time.
It was my street’s turn for no hot water when I moved in, and I waited patiently for it to come back on. The cold water is particularly frigid, so it meant ten second showers for a while. However, after two and a half weeks I contacted my landlord to see what was up and Mister Чойжамц informed me that the hot water had been turned on many days before.
Ten minutes of experimenting and I found the problem – the hot and cold signs on the taps were reversed! What fun!
So I had three days of hot showers before the water went out again, and I’m back to cold showers. I guess it’s good training for the winter.