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In Bermuda, houses have to have roofs like the above photo from Flickr. Why?

Consider this:

Bermuda’s houses and commercial buildings have whitewashed stone roofs. These roofs are designed to collect rainwater which they channel into large underground concrete storage tanks. Rainwater is the prime source of freshwater on the Island, there being no rivers or streams. Some freshwater is now derived from the ocean via reverse osmosis plants.

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