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Water is life

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:08 AM


For years, I have witnessed, through various mediums, the harsh impact that a lack of basic amenities such as water can have on a community, but it came to me forcefully more so between 2019 and 2020.

Boasting a slogan such as ‘Water is Life’ is pretty much clichéd when compared to the service that the National Water Commission provides.

I am led to believe by their poor service that water isn’t a necessity and we can live without it. I live in a small community, Haughton in St Elizabeth. For the period September 2019 to January 2020, the pipes were all dry. The reason for this, they suggested, was the collapse of the dam.

Water returned on the 2nd of January, to be exact, only now for the pipes to be dry again. Now, we are being told that we have to wait another three to six months for the commodity to return again.

This community has a population of about 3,000 people. Our health crisis makes it even scarier to think of how we will overcome this hurdle.

It’s pointless even to rely on funds that have been allocated to councillors and MPs, who are given a budget to ease such a lack of water, as evidence of this is usually invisible.

I am therefore requesting that the Government respond to our plight and show the care that is so needed at this point. Water, as is always said, is, indeed, life.

Layton Williams