LETTER OF THE DAY - Make productive use of wastewater
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Every day, millions of gallons of water go to waste through our faucets and showers - water that could be used to grow crops.
The recent public announcement of harvesting water, though timely, should be backed up by public education on utilising wastewater.
Seven years ago, I reconfigured the plumbing apparatus of my mother's home at a cost of $10,000.
Not many people can afford the immediate cost of plumbing reconfiguration; hence the National Water Commission (NWC) should play a significant role in promoting this enterprise. I suggest that persons desirous of utilising wastewater in growing crops, who do not have the money to make the necessary plumbing corrections, should be facilitated by the NWC making contracted plumbing services available to them.
The NWC could consider each application, making a determination of the feasibility of their proposal. Should the NWC make a favourable determination, the work could be completed under its auspices and the cost of the plumbing reconfiguration could be attached to the recipients' water bill, to be collected over a period of time.
The Ministry of Agriculture, working in tandem with the NWC, is well placed to implement this two-pronged strategy that would enable us to grow an abundance of food never before imagined.