# water's going down - going up

#### EklipZ

##### Member
Hi

Is the below sentence correct, wrong or awkward?

Why is the water going down in the sink it's going up in the shower?

• #### Beryl from Northallerton

##### Senior Member
Yes, I'm afraid it does sound a little awkward. Did you mean this: 'Why is the water going down in the sink if it's going up in the shower?'

And assuming that is what you intended, then are you referring to the water levels (in the sink, and in the shower)?

#### EklipZ

##### Member
then are you referring to the water levels (in the sink, and in the shower)?
Yes, the water isn't flowing properly in the system pipe.

#### Beryl from Northallerton

##### Senior Member
So are you talking about the water pressure in the pipes, perhaps?

#### EklipZ

##### Member
I try to describe the problem to our maintenance guy. I don't know what the problem is. But as you say it's more about levels (I assume).
I should have said the following, may be: 'When I'm using the sink, why is the water going up in the shower?'
But I wanted him to imagine the water going down and going up. How could I say that using going down and going up?

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#### Beryl from Northallerton

##### Senior Member
I'm not sure what you mean now. Is it the temperature of the water that's varying? What is it that's rising or falling, here?

#### EklipZ

##### Member
Not the temperature. The level of water in the shower, the water is going up by the drain of the shower. I forgot to precise about the drain that's why I wasn't clear.

#### RM1(SS)

##### Senior Member
"Why is water coming up through the shower drain when I use the sink?"

#### Beryl from Northallerton

##### Senior Member
As I learnt from a PM I received, that's exactly what it turned out to be, RM1(SS).

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#### EklipZ

##### Member
Okay, I have just checked the answers here and PM. Thank you.

Why do you say water and not the water in this case?

#### Beryl from Northallerton

##### Senior Member
You could say either. There is a very slight nuance that I think I'd find very difficult to convincingly express.

#### Myridon

##### Senior Member
"The water" would imply that you think the actual water running through the sink is going directly to the shower drain. It's more likely that the water going down the sink drain is pushing some other water already in the pipes (the water from your last shower) up through the shower drain. It's better to be vague when you don't know.