It seems like a silly problem: finding water when we are always surrounded by it. But you can’t drink saltwater and you certainly don’t want to even wash your hands with Simpson Lagoon saltwater! It is the most disgusting water in the Caribbean! So, getting water in the Lagoon is interesting. The water is too mucky and contaminated to use the watermaker, so it is necessary to find an outside source. Last time we filled our tanks at Simpson Bay Marina. That meant pulling up anchor and hoping our spot would still be available when we returned and the Lagoon gets very crowded. This time we decided to try a delivery service.
There is a water boat called Bisquetin that holds 1,000 liters. That sounds like a lot but we hold 500 liters, so two catamarans will drain him. Arthur must spend a lot of time refilling his tanks. He uses various sources, but near us his closest source is Palapa Marina.
Arthur’s boat is padded with fenders around it, which we appreciate. He has a two filter system cleaning the water as it leaves his tank, which we also appreciate.
His sidekick, Shaggy, is awfully cute but he was sea sick when he visited us the first time. The second time he was feeling good and looked like he wanted to jump on our boat to come say hello. Anyway, this service was nice and very convenient. We were able to keep our spot in the Lagoon and minimize trips to the marina fuel docks.
Unfortunately, once the watermaker was fixed and briefly tested (since we were still in the Lagoon), Dave measured the salinity of the water and it read 768ppm! He about had a heart attack thinking our watermaker was pumping saltwater into our tanks. It turns out that the water we received from Bisquetin was high in salinity. Oh well, we didn’t know any better as we used it and we didn’t get sick, so I guess it was okay. It sure will be nice to make our own water again though. In comparison, our watermaker (reverse osmosis or R.O.) water runs 180-220ppm. Much better! His filters are still appreciated, but they are not designed to desalinate water. Palapa Marina must have an R.O. system that is overdue for some maintenance! How easy it is to turn on the tap in your house, huh?