BASKING in the sunshine of the last week has no doubt been a glorious experience for many west Londoners as the British summer gets in full swing.
But spare a thought for the residents of Banstead Court in Shepherd's Bush, who were left without running water over the scorching weekend and had to depend on deliveries of five litres a day for days on end - hardly enough for a whole family to wash, cook and drink.
Repeated water problems might be understandable in older buildings, but the Banstead court blocks only went up four years ago.
The residents say they have been frustrated by a catalogue of problems since they first moved in, from water failures every summer to holes in the walls and door handles, which fall off with surprising ease.
London and Quadrant, the housing organisation which runs the blocks, insists it has delivered tankers laden with tens of thousands of litres of water to tackle the current problem, and has apologised to residents for the situation.
But the tenants are right to voice their frustration that the modern buildings in which they live, which should benefit from the high engineering and building standards available today, seem to have fallen far short of their expectations.