The usual amount of rain for this area is something less than 10 inches per year! And they get most of it during September and October, so no surprise that we're getting a few days of it while we are here.
What is interesting is that there is practically no rainwater accumulation device to be seen and instead of collection, it is all done by desalinization, reverse osmosis, and then either pumped or delivered by water truck to various locations. We heard from one of the salesmen for the time share that if you use up your water allotment for the week, you have to call the water truck and it's very expensive. All the little houses here have at least one black water tank on top of the roof; looks like it holds about 100 gallons.
The rebar (spiky wires on the roof) shows that the owner of the casa (house) has plans to build another level at some time. Most of the construction here is concrete block with stucco overlaying it. I was saddened to see that some of the frustrated artists marked up this house with their scribblings.
Although we have been drinking water and using the ice while here, we've been without any "Montezuma's Revenge" or "9-5 low hurdles" from digestive issues, for which I am more than a little grateful.
We have also heard that there has only been one (1!) swine flu case in the area, which further supports the theory that getting lots of Vitamin D (sunshine is the best way to get Vitamin D, by the way) is a big deterrent to the flu, which may explain why countries just north and south of the Equator tend to be less likely to have any "flu" season.