‘Incentivize Water Conservation’, says Civil Engineer

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A local Civil Engineer is calling on the government to offer tax incentives to encourage people to use water more efficiently.

Stephen Edwards, made the call while addressing a Rotary Club of Kingston meeting at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston yesterday.

He says the move is needed in light of a growing local population and climate change that’s resulting in worsening drought conditions.

Mr. Edwards is President of the Jamaica Labour Party-affiliate, Generation 2000, G2K. He’s also a member of several public boards including the National Water Commission, NWC, and the National Environment and Planning Agency, NEPA. But, at yesterday’s function, the civil engineer said he was expressing his personal opinions.

Mr Edwards says there’s evidence that country is experiencing dry spells that last longer and are more devastating.

Mr. Edwards says that’s compounded by the NWC’s limited capacity to properly manage water wastage.

In 2016, the entity lost 65-percent of its total supply in non-revenue water.

Mr. Edwards says introducing more modern domestic technologies can help residents conserve the precious commodity.

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He says the cost differential is a disincentive for consumers.

And, that’s why he’s calling on the government to implement policies that can encourage the use of such technologies.

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He’s also calling on other stakeholders from the private sector and civil society to play a role in the conservation initiative.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.