When in Drought, or Island Life 101.2

Clouds in the sky but no rain on the island.  It's been a hot, dry summer.
Clouds in the sky but no rain on the island. It’s been a hot, dry summer.

No amount of rain dances has worked this summer to open the skies over Long Island, Bahamas. We are now three months into the heat and the cisterns remain empty. The wildflowers are thirsty and the soil dehydrated during a season that is supposed to see torrential downpours that fill up our water storage tanks to get us through the dry winters. The brakes have been out on the fresh water delivery truck for more than a week, the same amount of time our cistern has been dry.

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This old well on the property is proving its usefulness the second time around. We have resorted to hauling up the brackish water for purposes other than ingesting and watering plants.

Lucky for this island home, we have an old well on property. Before our electrical hook up, we lowered glass jugs on a rope into the brackish water and hauled them up for daily use: “showers,” dishes and filling the back of the toilet so at least we could use a potty like civilized folk. The water was too salty for drinking, so we had to buy large plastic jugs of distilled water to quench our thirst. Now, with no rain to rely on and a waiting game for our fresh water delivery, it’s back to square one. But this time around, we’re masters at roughing it.

We have worked out a siphoning system to fill up drinking bottles from purchased distilled water.  (Yes, those are recycled Vodka bottles--collected from our many beach combing trips!)
We have worked out a siphoning system to fill up drinking bottles from purchased distilled water. (Yes, those are recycled Vodka bottles–collected from our many beach combing trips!)

Our clothes are dirty, our sheets need washing, the dirty dishes are piling up and my hair has a 50% salt component. We may be filthy, but we’re surviving (and the garden is, too!).

Talk about reduce, reuse, recycle!  The air is so humid here, the AC drips with condensation.  But we collect a trash can worth of droplets for watering the plants with fresh water each day.
Talk about reduce, reuse, recycle! The air is so humid here, the AC drips with condensation. But we collect a trash can worth of droplets for watering the plants with fresh water each day.
Normally during the rainy season, we have to be wary of clothes drying on the line outside.  We've been to know have to string up a line inside to dry them, but that's not the case this summer!
Normally during the rainy season, we have to be wary of clothes drying on the line outside. We’ve been known to have to string up a line inside to dry them, but that’s not the case this summer!
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One thought on “When in Drought, or Island Life 101.2”

  1. Praying you get rain soon!!!! It was dry back in late April- I can not imagine how bad it is now! YIKES! You guys know how to use what you have and make it happen!

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