A US Coast Guard vessel set out from Hawaii this week to deliver 36,000 gallons of fresh water to two of the tiniest island territories in the world – Tokelau and Tuvalu.
These are some of the lowest lying inhabited areas on earth, remote coral atolls half way between Hawaii and New Zealand.
Surrounded by the sea, they have run out of water to drink.
The only source of potable water here is rainfall. And for the past six months there hasn’t been a drop of rain.
The islands are now officially living in a State of Emergency. Water is being rationed. New Zealand and Australia are also sending in relief supplies.
As the South Pacific magazine Islands Business International points out, Tuvalu has been a leader in developing and trying out new ways of conserving water.
Under the headline “Tuvalu’s crippling drought offers important lessons to the Pacific”, the magazine describes what Tuvaluans have been doing with their roofs and toilets to help the effort.
Anything here that could be of use to Texans, suffering their worst drought in 50 years?