Aug 2, 2013

18 WATER WASTE

Mindless waste is a tragedy. Water-sustenance for life, many take it for granted because it comes so effortlessly in most homes in Canada, with a twist of the tap/faucet like magic water appears in abundance. It is the excessive waste of this precious resource that really churns my gut and edges my teeth at the seemingly Laissez-faire attitudes toward its preservation. Case in point:
 
On July 10, 2013 I noticed a water main break near an apartment complex in Scarborough Ontario. The water flowed like a river. Every day I passed by this apartment complex the water is flowing endlessly and my heart bleeds because I remember in the Islands (Trinidad & Tobago) having to carry water every single day, in the morning before school, in the evening after school and on the weekends. We had to carry water for drinking, for washing, for cooking and for bathing. It was not easy. I remember sometimes in school I could still feel the bucket of water on my head and would at time be afraid to bend my head thinking the bucket of water was still there and I would spill it. At times I could feel the strain in my hands and arms from carrying the buckets of water. Carrying water-a way of life synonymous with breathing for many people that most people born here have no concept of and it all makes me shake my head in sad wonder at the carless nonchalance that permits those in charge to drag their feet at fixing these water main ruptures without much thought of the preciously lost resource.   
 
Today is August 2nd, 23 more days since the break and today the 24th day is the first time I see the city attempting to repair the damage. 24 days rivers of water flowed from dusk till dawn to dusk again, 576 hours of continuous clean flowing water running in the streets and canals, only God knows the thousands of litres of water gone, what a waste, what  a crying shame. My heart weeps because I know somewhere around the world some little boys and girls, women and men are carrying water for their daily existence.

18 comments:

  1. That's municipal waste at it's worst. I can certainly understand your reference point to such indifference of such a precious resource.

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    1. Yeah....
      It was finally repaired on August 2nd. I was grateful to see the flow stemmed.

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  2. Oh my gosh! That's terrible! It would drive my EPA husband crazy.

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    1. I was hard to watch and the powers that be were aware of the break

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  3. Awwwww, I feel the emotions in your words.....reminds me of the nursery rhyme "some have food but can't eat, some can eat but have no food"

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    1. hmmmmm.....simple and powerful saying, thanks for sharing

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  4. I feel your pain! Water is still a very precious resource in many parts of the globe. My village included.

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  5. I don't think we know how good we have it, how rich we are. Seeing water just run and flow like that, when others in other countries don't have it fresh and clean like we have it, makes me stop and ponder. And it makes me remember to be thankful.

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    1. Entitlement isn't always a good thing because if we are not careful it render us unkind, deliberately obtuse, deaf, blind, and dumb.

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  6. This is an irony of life. The fact that what some carelessly take for granted, is a scare commodity for others. Sad!

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    1. That is certainly a good way to phrase it.

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  7. What a powerful post! You certainly raised some interesting points and also shed some light on something many of us do not give a second thought. Thanks for the heartfelt reminder to be more aware of our wastefulness.

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    1. Mindful is the key and not becoming so entitled that one becomes careless

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  8. Oooops, I really wanted to say...

    Have a wonderful and relaxing (I hope) weekend!

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  9. Mindless wate is a lragedy water Sustenance for life.
    The water is flowed like a river I passed by this sometimes in school and most people dorn here have no concept of makes me my head in sad wonder at the carless.
    The preciousiy lost resource what a waste what a crying shame worman and men are carrying water for thir daily exisence.
    we has so much water in Melbourne. and paind more money this year.
    From last month the raining most of days and still rains in now too.
    Have a nice day!

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    1. its the human condition that allows us to become complacent and take things for granted.

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