BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - AS one of his priority areas, the People’s Action Movement’s (PAM) candidate for Constituency Eight, Chesley Hamilton, is canvassing to have the water situation affecting the people of that district addressed.
Cayon, over the last several years, has been challenged by a prolonged water problem, as in some instances no water for days. And that is systemic of a larger problem affecting the Federation due to drought-like conditions.
It was just recently that the problem was exacerbated to the point that all areas within Constituency Eight were placed under a period of water rationing.
This problem is not sitting well with Hamilton, who, while elaborating on alleged problems with the government’s roofing programme, lamented that there were no plans to implement same in order to aid persons in capturing water from their roofs; a source that would have prevented much of the water struggles facing homes within the Conaree, Keys, Cayon and St. Peter’s areas.
“And under the banner of the People’s Action Movement, we are simply saying to you that where water is a problem you have to practice conservation. So, we must begin to capture water off of the roofs,” Hamilton noted.
Lashing out at the Government, Hamilton pointed out that a government without such a policy in place is one without a vision for the country.
He recently used that political rally in his Constituency to articulate his plan to combat the challenges facing residents, especially those within his district.
“Something has to be done in terms of policy so that we can have water catchment - where to be a cistern, whether it means the black tank them, it must be done! Because water is a problem!
Reiterating that the time has come for homes to capture water, the Attorney-at-Law is adamant that a position must be taken when it comes to reservoirs and the sluices so that when the water flows down it must be captured to return through the wells.
“We will do better, and your government will help you to do so because there must be a policy to help you conserve water,” added Hamilton.
Some climatologists believe that climate change is impacting Small Island Developing States like St. Kitts and Nevis as well as and others across the region . This, they suggested, could last for many years into the future.