Water Woes

drought

Dry sea on has arrived and the color of the mountains of St. John are turning brown, after months of gleaming green, the arid weather this time of year is expected. While drought tolerant plants maybe surviving, many call this season their last. Most of the homes and rental villas here have their own cisterns or containers of some sort that collect rain water for all uses. Only businesses and a few small homes in Cruz Bay are linked to city water, the rest of us rely on the heavens, or a water delivery. A few local entrepreneurs with big tankers that hold up to 5000 gallons roar up and down the streets at all hours of the day or night, filling their trucks with city water and refilling empty cisterns of anxious island visitors. Island natives know how to conserve, and live without, if necessary. Rum bath, anyone?