Conservation via house tanks
The Editor, Sir:
As we continue to experience
In some small-island countries - Anguilla, Bermuda
Influenced by this knowledge, some years ago, when making an addition of a small patio to our family house, I built a tank under the floor with a capacity of 1,200 gallons. Water is collected from roof guttering and with a sieve at the point of entry to the tank that filters out any debris from the roof, which is also cleaned
This water, collected as described above, is entirely suitable for all purposes except for drinking, and then the obvious safeguard is to boil it. I am surprised to hear some people suggest that collected rain water is only suitable for watering plants and washing cars. Bermuda, a country which enjoys a far higher standard of living than Jamaica, has had no problem managing to sustain a relatively healthy population, and, in any event, we are more fortunate in that the stored rain water would only need to be a supplementary source.
I encourage any who may be in a position to act as I did to implement this self-help measure. I know that life has been a lot less unpleasant for my household during this period when the norm for so many has been 'bathing in a bucket'.
I am, etc.,
JOHN A. MAXWELL