THE EDITOR, Sir:
The recent warnings by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and the Meteorological Service, regarding the long and extensive period of drought which Jamaica will be experiencing, are nothing new to us.
Every year, while other countries nearer to the North and South Poles suffer from severe winter storms with snow and frozen rain, we suffer from a lack of adequate rainfall. After 50 years of being independent, and if we are serious about becoming a First-World country by the year 2030, we need to start thinking differently.
The Government should be looking at ways and means of channelling our rainwater, whenever we do have rain, into underground aquifers. This is known in our geological and hydrological circles as the recharging of aquifers.
Millions of gallons and billions of litres of precious water are wasted during our rainy seasons - all because we have never looked at ways and means of either trapping the run-off water or channelling our drains and gullies into large or huge soakaway pits.
These could be created around or near to our deep-well pumping systems, or even our minor water-supply systems in the elevated areas.
This suggestion would, after a while, cause us to have a large volume of the precious commodity in our underground reserves, thus being able to weather our drought periods.
One might say that this suggestion might be an expensive venture at this time when our country is broke, but I am sure that our Planning Institute of Jamaica could seek overseas funding from the many agencies that would be willing to implement such a project for us.
WINSTON L. MARAGH
Councillor, Rocky Point Division