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Our B.V.I. Adventure is designed to give our family, friends and any other interested followers a look into the life of two expatriates making their way on the island of Tortola. Tortola is the largest island in the British Virgin Islands.

So, why did we move 2,000 miles away from our home in Knoxville, Tennessee? Michael accepted a position as the director of retail and international sales for a Caribbean clothing brand.



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Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Satirical Look at Water in the BVI

Living on an island like Tortola means that water is an issue...  And by water, I mean the crystal clear stuff that likely flows freely from your nickel finish Kohler faucet, or that the warm soothing stream that sprays from your showerhead. 

As I've blogged about before, there are essentially two sources of water:  1) town water provided by the Communications and Works Ministry via the Baugher's Bay desalination plant (pictured below) and 2) cistern water. 

At our new house, we have the latter which means we are at the mercy of mother nature.  If she rains, our cistern fills up and we have water.  If it doesn't rain, we are at risk of using every last drop of our 10,000 gallon tank, which is stored underneath the house.   

But not all residents have cisterns; most Road Town residents are completely reliant on the town water, which can be even more frustrating than a couple of weeks with no rain.  Town water service is often disrupted for one reason or another.   

One local columnist for the BVI Beacon took a closer look at the critical issue and what's being dubbed a "modern-day miracle."  This is a must-read, especially if you like satire...