THE EDITOR, Sir:
It is taking perseverance and a lot of hard work to overcome the obstacles presented by the absence of water in our pipes and streams here in Highgate for more than three months to date.
One can see daily the creativity of the people in the face of this disaster. One hopes that these experiences are valuable and will draw out important lessons that can be a source of learning and application to similar challenges and provide long-term solutions to our community problems.
However, one also hopes that with a re-engaged or new government and newly hired, energetic community leaders after the election, the country should be able to realise the potential of building on creative approaches used by ordinary community people to respond to this disastrous drought.
It is our hope that re-engaged or newly elected national leaders will be more attentive to everyday disasters that happen to individuals, communities or families. It seems to us in Highgate that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management could be expanded to respond to disasters like ours in the Highgate area.