All the water that they use here was once seawater. It was taken into a desalination plant and desalinated (had the salt removed). Our own water comes from a similar source, our reverse osmosis watermaker. I don't know if the desalination plant on shore is reverse osmosis, but it does turn seawater into fresh water. This island is currently experiencing a drought, and has been for some time. There is no running water, everyone has to go the public water supply and lug it home in wheelbarrows or something similar. I can't imagine what it must be like to have to carry all the water you use from the town supply to your house. I have a semi-similar view seeing as we are on a sailboat and have to conserve water in everything we do, from taking showers to washing dishes. We don't, however, have to carry it all several blocks. It helps to reflect the lifestyle of the people living here to watch them carrying these huge water containers in wheelbarrows.
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