I am also going to keep them shorter, so it is a quicker write and read for everyone. This way, maybe I will write more too (hmmm :) )
Blog topic of the day: WATER COLLECTION, SHORTAGE AND CONSERVATION
Hopefully many of you have had a chance to travel to an island or country located near the Equator. If you have, you may have noticed the enormous (sometimes ridiculous looking) buckets or containers on the rooftops or beside buildings. These are water catchments.
|Collect rain water through gutters and drains that empty into catchments.|
|Each catchment can hold up to 350-500 gallons of water!|
Here is the problem: here in the Marshall Islands, even though we are only 7 degrees North of the Equator, we actually have a dry season. Basically, December/January to April/May is dry season and the rest of months are considered wet season. And when I say the "Marshall Islands," it does not apply to all the atolls and islands, nor does it apply to all of the Majuro Atoll that I live on, but where we are located we get into dry spouts. It is extremely odd. Between the said months, the wind picks up considerably. All of the rain storms are still produced and around, but the wind pushes them right by us leaving only partially soaked.
|Storm coming in from the East off the ocean.|
|Storm missing us to the North.|
|A standard bucket to fill with the water collected during wet season.|
|A standard shower to dump a bucket of water over you for a shower.|
It is simple and relatively effective. Another thing we are all supposed to be doing is taking "military showers," which just means you turn off the water when you are lathering up. That actually conserves quite a bit of water. I used the word 'supposed' because we have now run out of water from the catchments twice since coming back from holiday in January. It is quite depressing when the realization hits you that some adults do not understand what the word "conserve" actually means. We all have a limited number of containers filled with overflow water, so we still need water in the catchments. We can pay to have the tanks filled with the public reservoir water, but that is obviously costly and not ideal. The other option is waiting for it to rain. That can get rather smelly considering at some points it has not rained for five to seven days straight. We have been fortunate lately because it has rained quite a bit despite the dry season. The catchments are currently almost full...
Until next time...time for my daily rain dance...