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Drink Up!

Drink Up!

One question we always get when traveling outside of the U.S. is whether the water is safe to drink, and in Bermuda, it definitely is.

Because the only real source of natural fresh water on the island is rain, Bermudans have had to think seriously and creatively about this precious resources. The white roofs that you’ll notice across the island are not just a style choice, they’re part of a sophisticated rain collection system that been in use for hundreds of years.

The stairstep style of the roofs helps slow rain and channel it into underground tanks beneath homes. The famous white color is actually limestone paint, which reflects UV rays and helps to purify the water as it passes over the roof. The result is an incredibly safe, sustainable, and efficient water capture system that helps Bermudans meet most of their daily water needs.

The island also leads the world in desalination technology, processing over 200 million gallons of water a year. And in more recent years, freshwater aquifers have been discovered underneath the island where groundwater accumulates and ‘rests’ on top of the denser salt water. Some homes now have wells to tap into this brackish non-potable water for things like flushing toilets or watering lawns.

However you slice it, you can trust Bermuda’s water. They take the quality and conservation of their water very seriously, and you’ll be safe to use and drank water on property and as you explore.