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Make decisive move to solve water crisis

Published:Monday | August 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM


I reference some information that I came across in your paper. There was a call by G2K President Stephen Edwards to give tax incentives and discounts on building permit fees to promote the use of water-efficient plumbing and appliances. Suggestions like these really do make a lot of sense, especially with the severity of droughts that have occurred recently.

Every summer we hear the cries of the farmers across the island for water. We are also forced to endure water lock-offs that can be very frustrating. The fact that climate change is affecting Jamaica is very clear. It doesn't take a genius to see that the situation affects production and productivity. We must talk about these things if we want to achieve sustainable growth in Jamaica.

We must play our part in reducing our effect on the environment. This is why we have to change our culture to one that is environmentally responsible. However, it won't be an easy change. Giving incentives for doing the right thing is the best way to make it happen.

Let us not wait until things are critical to adopt these types of changes. You never miss the water till the well runs dry.