Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has called on citizens, particularly those living in the Kingston Metropolitan and surrounding areas, to employ every water conservation method possible.
This is necessary to stave off a severe crisis, he said, as the country continues to experience a period of drought.
“I am not in any way trying to frighten the country, but the reality is that with only 400 million gallons of water in the Mona Dam, unless we take the kind of dramatic measures we are announcing and actively implement them, the reservoir could run dry, before the major rainy season in October next year,” the Minister told JIS News.
He was speaking to the media during a tour of Eco-Tec Business Centre in Montego Bay’s Freeport Commercial Centre yesterday (December 4) in St. James.
Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (left) greets Manager of Sales at Eco-Tec Centre, Leonard Butler (centre) during a tour of the establishment at the Montego Bay Freeport Commercial Centre on Friday (Dec. 4). At right is Director of Projects, Chinyere Nwaogwugwu (Right). The purpose of the tour was to examine water and energy conservation methods and equipment, in light of the current drought conditions in the island.
The centre promotes a wide range of energy and water saving devices and equipment for small and large homes, hotels, and other establishments.
Dr. Chang observed that if the drought continues and if citizens pay scant regard to calls for serious and responsible conservation methods, the consequences could be dire.
“We will have to do everything feasible by means of educational and other methods, to take all the steps necessary in the face of the possible challenges ahead. We must therefore involve the general public to use all the technology available and whatever financial resources that can be spared,” Dr. Chang asserted.
He noted that even though Jamaica has been regarded as the “land of wood and water” Jamaicans must now come to grips with the present situation and make a concerted effort to protect, conserve, and manage the water that is available.
Minister of Water and Housing Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (left) speaks with Director of solar energy at Eco-Tec Business Centre during a tour of the establishment at the Montego Bay Freeport Commercial Centre, on Friday (Dec. 4). The purpose of the tour was to examine water and energy conservation methods and equipment in light of the current drought conditions being experienced in the island.
“We have started to talk about conservation methods and how each citizen can help. We will be going on air as often as we get the chance to do so…and by mid December we will be doing some public education programmes, so that the general public can be more sensitised on their role in all of this,” Dr. Chang said.
Turning to conservation methods and equipment on display at Eco-Tec, the Water and Housing Minister said that with his Ministry implementing and installing the methods and equipment on display, especially in educational and other public institutions, the Government could save millions of dollars, as well as millions of gallons of water.
“I believe it was very useful to be here today to see what they had to offer and that in fact they have the kind of technology that can help us tide over this very difficult period of drought and water shortage,” Dr. Chang said.