Monday 16 September, 2019

Let us wisely harvest God’s rainwater, urges Shaw

Audley Shaw

Audley Shaw

If the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF), Audley Shaw, has his way, it will become illegal for persons to construct a house in Jamaica without a catchment system to harvest rainwater.

"The roof is a natural catchment area, (so) let's make it into law that you must catch the water when God sends the rain down, and store it and not just always be depending on the water commission. Have your own back-up system," Shaw urged.

"(It) is one of the things that we sometimes take for granted in the construction industry. We are all stakeholders in the process, and the work of the Government needs to be augmented by market-driven trends, and one way is rainwater harvesting."

Shaw was speaking on day one of Build Expo and Conference 2018 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Friday night. The event is to run until June 11.

The event was conceptualised by Dwight Crawford to promote the local construction industry and encourage homeownership and property development.

The expo is also aimed at emphasising clean, alternative energy solutions and environmentally-friendly practices.

Earlier on Friday morning, the event kicked off with a roundtable discussion on climate change, which was hosted by the Canadian High Commission.

Meanwhile, Shaw challenged stakeholders to consider rainwater harvesting as a part of the construction industry.

"We know that Government is sometimes slow in catching up with the changes in the market, but as stakeholders, you too have the power to shape the industry. And rainwater harvesting should be considered to be an important feature of the building industry. I commend it to you," he indicated.

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