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No political will to end water shortage

Published:Saturday | August 10, 2019 | 12:05 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Albert Einstein, one of the most significant geniuses of the 20th century, posited that doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is madness.

The National Water Commission (NWC) falls under the ambit of the Government, doesn’t it? And for years, since mi was a bwoy, we have had a water supply problem, administration after administration. It doesn’t matter which party is in power.

How can there be a 40-year recurring problem with no change? Presumably, the problem is known. More storage is required, but the NWC hasn’t increase storage. Instead, they keep doing the same things. Every year, reportedly, as a result of droughts, there are subsequent water shortages, causing the NWC to curtail the use of water by turning off water valves during particular periods in particular areas. This is madness!

In root-cause analysis management, the problem is analysed, addressed, and fixed. Not much appears to have been done over the last three to four decades to mitigate against the persistent water problems. The madness continues.

H. JOHNSON

hjohnson@cwjamaica.com