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Re: Water Supply Problems
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Well said Doc - the lesson I learn each and every time I'm here is how to simplify and "make do". Its amazing how we as a neighborhood have shared ideas on how to get our basic necessities done without running water. We all have different sources, all very finite. But I managed to wash my hair - cook dinner and do dishes and keep my toilet flushing now for a week. I try not to get frustrated just to go with the flow. But my time here is finite too - my neighbors will have to deal with this situation probably until April.

Not 100% sure if there is water in the pipes this morning. We'd been switched over to an auxillary tank (couldn't use the water, it was seriously contaminated) and we have to make sure it was switched back to the street before the daily foot stomping, lol.

And this is by far not the first time this has happened on the West End - as Sharleen says, it has been a regular occurence. Since the water system was put in (how long ago was that, does anyone know? I'm thinking around '97 or '98 but I could be wrong...)the water flowed through the pipes. As things developed more and more building, more hotel rooms came up the water out here started to dwindle. About 3 years ago, it would just stop in February usually. So what's unusual about this year is that we were already seeing supply and pressure problems as early as November and the total outage took place over a month earlier than normal.

Aunt Nancy we in Bodega have also had our share of water issues. When I first moved there the quality was awful, the supply low, frequent outages - a municipal small water district was formed and the system gradually upgraded with better distribution and more storage put it as well as better and more up to date filtration and purifying equipment. Its far from perfect but only serves 37 households and our water is some of the most expensive in California (I pay around $150/month - this does NOT include sewer - for around 2500 gallons). Conserving water and going without water is something I am not a stranger to. But even back in the early 80's the county government was aware that we were in a water scarce area and put a moratorium on any additional hook-ups. Sadly they could not put a moratorium on building - if you could dig a well and it can pump 1 gallon per minute (yes, you heard me right) you can go ahead and build. But still county laws do check overbuidling in regards to septic regulations and water availability. But every home that gets built pulls from an already depleted aquifer. In the 20 years I've been living there only about 4 homes have been built there.

I can only hope that in the light of this very public crisis the NWC and Jamaican government take some steps in rationing folks already on the line (I'm talking hotels and resorts in particular) with steep fines for over-use and put a much needed moratorium on further development in Negril until another source of water can be developed.

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