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Make hay while the rain falls

Published:Friday | May 27, 2016 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is no secret that we will be very soon entering a period of dry weather and drought. The heat has already begun to intensify. Coupled with the high numbers of mosquitoes, staying at home can become miserable if a bottle of cold water isn't in one hand and a mosquito swatter in the other.

I am urging the authorities to ensure that as much as possible is done now during these times that we are getting rainfall to guarantee that we will not end up in the same predicament as last year. We are getting too much rainfall now to hear in a few months' time that we are going to be allocated water every other day, which, in most cases, turns out to be every day. Let us take a lesson from Joseph of the Old Testament, who was guided by the Lord, and who encouraged the ruler of the land to store up enough food in the time of plenty so that the people would have in the time of famine.

We should use the dry season to clean out the dams and reservoirs so that in the wet season they can be ready to be filled to capacity. Catchment areas need to be cleaned and prepared to receive and treat the water.

I would also like to lend my voice to that of others who have posited that there needs to be serious consideration given to the channelling of water from the rural areas to the urban towns. We hear that Jamaica has been given prizes for having the most potable water, but why is it that we, the people, often cannot identify?

Please let us put the egos and bureaucratic bungling aside and seriously do what we can to ensure that all our people are well treated.

KIRK A. WILSON

kirk.wil02@gmail.com