Harvesting Drinking Water

Harvesting Drinking Water (HM2HWQ)

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N 32° 22.527', W 80° 26.262'

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Digging a well doesn't work on barrier islands. The shaft can only reach brackish water that's unfit to drink. In fact, there's no reliable natural source of drinkable water on Hunting Island.
To compensate, the lighthouse staff members and their families relied on cisterns, large underground storage tanks from which they could pump water. The lightkeeper's house was outfitted with a set of gutters that caught rainwater and channeled it through buried pipes, which emptied into the cisterns. Residents could then pump water from the cistern into the house.
"Two cisterns were built at the site of the new keepers' dwelling." -1890 report from Office of the Lighthouse Board
Placed ByHunting Island State Park
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Date Added Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 552895 N 3582191
Decimal Degrees32.37545000, -80.43770000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.527', W 80° 26.262'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 31.62" N, 80° 26' 15.72" W
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