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Poor planning causing water woes

Published:Tuesday | February 9, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I read with concern and understanding, a report in The Sunday Gleaner of February 7, that Corporate Area customers of the National Water Commission (NWC) served by the Mona and Hope water-treatment plants, will have their daily water supply further rationed.

The poor planning of successive governments for the supply of the precious commodity, commensurate with projected population growth aside, some officials at the NWC have been describing the drought as the worst in a number of years with both Corporate Area reservoirs having less than 50 per cent for some time. The National Meteorological Service has said less-than-normal rainfall over the last couple of months was being influenced by the weather phenomenon, El NiƱo. Of course, there is also the real challenge of climate change, which the Copenhagen Accord is also seeking to address.

Beyond the meteorological and climatological explanations, there is another view. Humans have been experiencing droughts since the very earliest times, as the Bible so often records. Sometimes it was caused by natural cycles but often it was used by God to get the people's attention, as a reminder of just who has the power to turn it on, for those who obey Him, or off, for those who have gone their own way.

Impact

The Bible, for example, records the reason why drought comes on a nation and it also records God's instruction for dealing with the situation. "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NIV)

The absence of adequate supply of water is impacting the agricultural sector, the delivery of education at the universities in the Corporate Area, homes and businesses. I spoke to someone whose surgery might be postponed because of the water shortage, and I felt strongly it was time to pray for rain. When Australia faced a terrible drought in 2007, it was Prime Minister John Howard who called on Australians to pray for drought-breaking rain. Join me in praying for rain.

I am, etc.,

Omar J. Morrison, Rev

Kingston