Jamaicans urged to conserve water daily

President of the National Water Commission (NWC), Mark Barnett
President of the National Water Commission (NWC), Mark Barnett

National Water Commission (NWC) President, Mark Barnett, is urging citizens to practise water conservation as part of their daily habit.

“The concept of water conservation is normally taken more seriously during the dry period, but it should be an everyday conversation and practice,” he said.

“Water is the core of sustainable development, so we need to safeguard it.”

Barnett said there is opportunity for persons to save water when doing daily routines such as using the bathroom and washing dishes.

Studies show that water use in an average household can be reduced by 30 per cent by simply practising conservation methods.

“In some countries, they have banned high-flush toilets, which use more than 1.8 gallons of water to flush and in Jamaica, we still have toilets which use five gallons of water to flush. So being mindful of the simple ways we can conserve water is important,” Barnett noted.

He said that rainwater harvesting should also be a part of the conversation on conservation.

“So, where you have apartment complexes, catchments can be constructed to collect rainwater, which can be used for irrigation. In fact, plants grow better with non-chlorinated water,” Barnett said.

He said that while there is a tendency to place water storage tanks on roofs, they are best suited on the ground or at low levels.