National Geographic : 1943 Feb
On Thirsty Curacao and Tiny Aruba, Water Is a Precious Commodity Rainfall is scarce, averaging about 15 inches annually for Aruba, and 20 inches for Curacao. Water in many of thesewells isbrackish from salt-water seepage. Both islands have distillation plants for purifying sea water. Camouflaged tents of U. S. guard troopsperch onthe hill beyond.