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A terrible waste of water

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Jamaica has been facing a serious drought and water restrictions for a period of no less than three months in certain places, particularly in urban areas such as Kingston and St Andrew. It is in light of this fact that a water party, held recently on a university campus has greatly irritated me. I find it terrible that such an institution would allow an event like this to be held on its grounds. While I was not in attendance, a patron of this party told me that water was trucked on site. This was very disturbing to hear, since I and many others have been affected by the water restrictions.

Only two days after this event was staged, in an article in the Monday Gleaner of September 21, the National Water Commission made a public announcement that greater water restrictions would be put in effect. The water supply will now be restricted to only two days of each week, for residents in various sections of the corporate area. It is my belief that instead of paying for trucked water to be wasted at a water party, it could have been used to supply drought-stricken communities.

Therefore, despite the fact that this party has already been staged, the authorities need to introduce and enforce greater penalties for individuals, organisations and groups which continue to waste this precious commodity.

It is important that institutions such as the one where the event was held, play their role in the promotion of water conservation generally, and particularly during periods of drought.