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Sun Dec 25, 2016, 01:24 AM

Why houses in Bermuda have white stepped roofs (BBC)


23 December 2016
From the section Magazine

The North Atlantic island of Bermuda has no fresh-water springs, rivers or lakes. So how did humans ever settle there? The secret is in the design of their houses, and particularly the white stepped roof which is still in use 400 years after it was first introduced.

A British visitor to Bermuda will feel instantly at home, even if the weather is far warmer and sunnier than anything imaginable on the British Isles. Many of the island's 60,000 residents live in limestone cottages painted in pastel colours of a design familiar from British towns or villages.

But white roofs? With steps? Where did they come from? It turns out they are designed this way to harvest rain. The steps slow down heavy rainfall helping the gutters to collect the water and store it in a tank under the house.

Thanks partly to an annual rainfall that far exceeds that of England and Wales, and is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, the tanks are regularly topped up. Each home is self-sufficient. There is no mains water - and no water rates.
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more: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-38222271

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Baitball Blogger Dec 2016 #1
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Sun Dec 25, 2016, 10:34 AM

1. I wonder what their Giardia rates are like?

Just asking because I caught it after spending a week in a house in the Bahamas that also trapped rainwater.

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Sun Dec 25, 2016, 11:48 AM

2. probably not the only thing.

yeah, they need to add a little chlorine from time to time or something or shit gonna grow there. or boil it.

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