Sunday 19 May, 2019

Red Stripe manager urges companies to wage a war on water waste

Red Stripe Managing Director Ricardo Nuncio (centre) outlines a waste water management chart to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Pearnel Charles Jr. programme Director for the PIOJ’s Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat, Elizabeth Emanuel. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Red Stripe Managing Director Ricardo Nuncio (centre) outlines a waste water management chart to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Pearnel Charles Jr. programme Director for the PIOJ’s Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat, Elizabeth Emanuel. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Red Stripe’s technical operations manager for engineering utilities, has urged local companies to replicate the beer maker's water conservation campaign and wage a war on waste water.

The Red Stripe, executive, Neville Alexander was giving a presentation during Red Stripe's Knowledge Forum under the theme, “Every Drop - Water Sustainability and Industry” at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on Wednesday.

Alexander suggested that businesses who want to conserve the precious commodity should identify how much water needs to be used through highly accurate measurement methods then sustainably managing its usage.

Red Stripe Knowledge Forum on water waste

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He also stressed the importance of implementing a robust system to manage and reduce water leaks, which often happens during transmission of the supply. Red Stripe has found this approach to be crucial to preventing wastage in its ‘War on Waste’ maintenance programme which aims to identify and repair leaks.

"Companies should also address the issue of ‘phantom flushing’ which highlights faulty plumbing due to leaks in the toilet tank leading to automatic refilling. Personal responsibility among employees must also be encouraged so they can become more conscious about their water usage," he said.

Meanwhile, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Pearnel Charles Jr. said the government is seeking to amend the sought to amend the Water Sector Policy in keeping with Vision 2030.

Charles Jr.

“The 2019 National Water Sector Policy and Implementation Plan identifies the issues and problems in the water sector to include deterioration and malfunction of municipal supply and sewage treatment infrastructure, management of industrial and toxic waste and their effect on water resources, rapidly increasing water demand in water deficient areas, and the adverse effects of deforestation in watershed areas,” Charles Jr said.

He stated that the essential commodity was a crucial spoke in the wheel of economic growth.

“Water sustainability is at the core of national development; therefore, significant consideration must be given to protecting our environment so that future generations can have access to this commodity.  Water is the critical element in economic sustainability and thus the eradication of poverty,” he said.

The forum was attended by a number of public and private sector entities including the National Water Commission, the Water Resources Authority, The Inter-American Development Bank and the Development Bank of Jamaica.

 

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