Dry island – our water tanks run dry

P1120405Well that is it then, the orange light is flashing and we have run out of water again.

We spend an awful lot of time thinking about and managing water on the island and all that goes with it such as toilets. This is part of the law that says that the less water you have the more time you spend managing it, and on the May we really don’t have very much.

Luckily this year we still have some toilet flushing water, not enough to be profligate (we’re not flush with it!) but no panic yet. But drinking water is what we have run out of. The well where we get water from ran dry at the end of May and we have been eking out what remained in our tanks since. This has meant a shower ban, washing in the sea sometimes and making what water we do have work hard e.g. anything you might use to wash in you can then use for laundry and after that for watering the garden.

Now with the tanks run dry we are relying on those lovely people of the May Princess, Alec, Kevin and Fiona, to bring over 25 l containers of water and with even less water the work has increased. Last year when we were in the same situation and put the story on the blog visitors started bring over bottles of water to donate but though this is very kind I think we will be alright this year thank you very much.

P1120401 All buildings on the island have rainwater storage tanks attached to guttering. P1120403 St. Johns well, now dry.  Below is the view inside. P1120404 Our reverse osmosis unit, now temporarily reduntant.P1120396

The one thing this bring home to you is how wasteful everyone is of water in normal life. Though on the island we use very little water we still probably use far more than people in other drier countries. When we get home it feel very odd to open a tap and let it run (and have a shower every few days).  Maybe everyone should go a few weeks with minimal water to really appreciate what a wonderful resource it is?P1120399

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