And the good guys won!!!!
Check this out
Look at all that beautiful water! So much water comes out now so fast that it takes me about a minute and a half to water the whole orto.
Not only do I have massive amounts of water coming to the terrace with the orto, but now I have water on EVERY terrace. Look
Incredible. Unbelievable, actually. I love my new water system. If I weren't so tall I'd start showering under those shiny new spigots. (Yes, at 5'3" I'm considered "tall" in this country...I love Italy).
So, what's the secret for winning a war...recruit a local professional soldier who speaks the language of the land.
About a week ago Augusto's frustration at people stealing water from me was about at its limit. I went up to water early one morning and I over heard this conversation between Augusto and a neighbor:
N: "She can't take that water!!!!"
A: "This water is overflowing the vasca and is being lost. There's plenty for you and for her. AND it's her land, so, yes, she can take it!"
N: "If she puts in tubes to take this water, I'll cut them!"
A: "NON HAI CAPITO UN CAZZO!!!!" (that means "you haven't understood anything!" but in not such a polite way) "She's going to use it for her orto. Have you SEEN her orto?"
N: "ah. Yes, there's probably enough for both of us. Ho capito."
Now, I have water. Water in the orto, water on the terraces, water in the house. War over...and it only took 8 years.