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Posted by:Apr 20th 2005, 07:20:36 pm
Fig Tree News TeamSMALL ISLANDS VOICE

Do you live in a small island?

The article on the frequent water cuts in Dokaisuva, Fiji, brought in many
comments and suggestions from other islanders. Here is a small sample.

Leba Mataitini from Fiji writes: Human beings need air (oxygen) to breathe,
water to drink and food to eat in order to survive. Withhold any of these from
them, and they start to feel various stages of discomfort and inconvenience.

It is only when the supply of these necessities is cut-off that one can really
appreciate the value of conserving them. I come from a very small island,
Fulaga, on the bottom of the map of the Fiji Islands. There are no rivers and
the only source of drinking water is the rain collected in water tanks. This
also provides water for cooking, washing, and bathing in buckets. I grew up
with water being a very precious commodity that has to be conserved. Leave the
island and come into Suva where there are running taps for all uses including
hose pipes to water the garden and wash the car, scrub the driveway and house
walls, Luxury! With so much movement into, and population growth in urban and
peri-urban areas in Suva and other towns in Fiji, water has indeed become a
very precious commodity that needs to be conserved.

Children must be taught
from home, school and beyond that water is precious and must be used wisely.

All homes should be assisted to own a water tank as a very basic necessity to
store drinking water from free rain from heaven.

Sharon from Mauritius (Indian Ocean) provides similar advice: Itís very sad to
hear that in Fiji there is a water shortage and that people are used to such
cuts. Here in Mauritius, every personís house has a water tank to collect
water and use whenever there is a water cut.

A different view on the situation comes from Mohini Prasad in Fiji: I reside
in Sawani, past Dokaisuva (in Fiji), the place described in the previous
article. I drive past this place on a daily basis and always see residents
lining up along the main road to collect water from the tanker trucks. It is a
common sight. But what is a sore sight is that at times I have seen these
truck drivers driving their trucks to quiet places and draining the water from
the water tank on the ground. I only wish I had a video camera on me at those
times. I fail to understand what is causing the disruption in water supply.
There had been some talk that there are only a few private contractors who
supply water trucks. I wonder if the benefit gained by these contractors is
contributing to the disruptions in the water service.

Several people wrote in with information on water services and sources in
other islands, here is one view from Sabra Kauka, Hawaii: For many years I
have thought that the availability of fresh water would be the determining
factor in the carrying capacity of an island. However, two years ago I had the
honor of visiting Saipan and learned that they have already exhausted their
aquifer. Their freshwater lens has diminished to the point that saltwater now
takes its place. Yet, they have many, many people living on Saipan. How do
they do it? How do they support life on their island? They've turned to
getting their drinking water by reverse osmosis. I never found out what they
do with the salt that is removed in the process. Nor did I learn what their
energy cost is. How long can an island sustain life by this means with the
cost of fuel as high as it is? If there is anyone out there who can give me an
answer I'd appreciate it. Meanwhile, collect that rainwater while you can. It
is a gift of the heavens.

Title: Collect rainwater while you can
Author: S. Kauka, L. Mataitini, M. Prasad, and Sharon from Mauritius
Date: Tuesday, 19 April 2005
Posted by:Apr 18th 2005, 05:05:07 pm
KimberlyThere's enough of a shortage of water from Eleuthera to Briland at the moment that Greg Stuart of Builders Square on North Eleuthera has been selling truckloads of water from his farming wells to homes on Harbour Island for basic use (not potable enough for drinking, but excellent for other uses). You can call Greg at 242 557 7029 for more information.

Water's historically been a pretty limited resource around here, hence many backyard rainwater cisterns.

Last week's editorial in the Nassau Tribune mentioned more than twenty houses that have installed sprinkler systems in recent years, though, so I don't know what to tell you about conservation efforts overall.

Hope this helps
Kimberly
Posted by:Apr 17th 2005, 04:31:37 pm
JimvpWe, at South Bar, have had our water turned off for days at a time. The Water and Sewerage Corp. claims that it is due to rationing. They say that they are turning off the water supply all across HI to conserve water. Have any others experienced this?

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