Traditional Water Tanks

Friday - 16/10/2020 13:22
Since there is no source of fresh water on Little Island, islanders have to store rainwater for daily activities. 

Taking a stroll on the island, you can easily encounter water tanks storing rainwater placed in almost every house. In the past, people of Little Island dug an underground hole with pipes transporting rainwater from a roof to the hole. The underground hole served as a reservoir, storing water for use during hot and dry days.

Recently, engineers built a water plant on the island that converts seawater into drinking water. But it hasn’t been able to keep up with local water needs. Islanders also transport clean water from Big Island to Little Island, but it comes in relatively small quantities at a high price. Therefore, islanders must continue using their traditional method of water storage. However, they now use big tanks with a capacity of a few cubic metres to store water instead of storing the water in an underground hole as in the past. Each household has about three to five tanks, which residents place underground or on the ground. The more water stored, the less worry when the dry season comes. However, islanders know they must always use water wisely.
 
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