Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (, and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, March 08, 2010

1921 – “WATER”

As we’ve seen in the last two entries, 1921 had a dry “rainy season” which resulted in zebra stampedes and difficulty putting out fires. It also had consequences for Nairobi’s drinking water.

The Nairobi water supply came from the Kikuyu Reservoir and treating the water involved pulling a raft across the water and dumping chlorine into it from a barrel. With the drought, the water levels on the reservoir dropped enough to make even that method of sanitizing the water a bit iffy.

The recommendation? Boil the water. Notices appeared in the newspapers advising that plan, not a problem for tea drinkers.

And, if boiling was not enough to do the trick, there was always another ad nearby for purchasing bottled water.

Next week: More Nairobi news
Clips taken from The Leader of British East Africa. March-May, 1921

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: Follow short updates on

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