Increased Capacity Won’t Fix Water Woes – Fernandez

Managing Director of the Water Resources Authority, WRA, Basil Fernandez, says more dam capacity will not solve Jamaica’s water problem.

Mr. Fernandez was speaking yesterday at a press conference to address the drought.

He was addressing concerns that the desilting of the Hermitage Dam had been delayed yet again.

Some 60-percent of the dam is said to be filled with debris, leaving less than half of the structure to store water.

But Mr. Fernandez says fixing that, or even expanding the Mona Dam, won’t help much.

He’s suggesting another process known as Artificial Recharge, which he says would be a better solution for the country’s water problems.

Mr. Fernandez also addressed suggestions that Jamaica try desalination, a process to transform seawater into potable water.