Letters to the Editor

Reclaimed water

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Dear Editor,

To the best of my knowledge, I am not aware if fire stations in Jamaica are fitted with equipment that allow the usage or storage of reclaimed water.

Reclaimed water is highly treated wastewater that can be used for other purposes.

The Jamaica Fire Brigade should consider implementing this concept.

I am not knowledgeable on the chemical processes involved so I am calling on the Scientific Research Council, engineers, and local manufacturers to collaborate using their expertise to make this venture a possibility.

An idea could be the storage of reclaimed water in tanks at fire stations that can be used to fill fire trucks in the event of an absence or shortage of water, especially during the drought season. Not only will this application ensure that there are emergency water reserves, but also that there will be less wastage of water.

Some of these storage tanks can be designated for aerial firefighting and can be designed in such a way that they can be easily lifted by aircraft and transported to sites of wildfires. This is a suggestion that the Jamaica Defence Force Air Wing can consider. In due time, the usage of reclaimed water can expand to other areas.

The Writer

blackpencilpoint@gmail.com

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