Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Who Says The Next Rainy Season Gonna Be Better?

Nobody. In fact, if global warming has modified rain patterns it would be silly to stay put and expect Mare-aux-Vacoas to fill up with the same regularity as it used to. So that we may be better off building smaller reservoirs in the places where rainfall has been more generous in the recent past. And give phase two of the Midlands dam the go-ahead. In other words we need a good plan. The snag is that no ministry has been taking care of planning for a while now. This hasn't changed either with the latest permutation in the cabinet.

Despair not. We still have a direct line to God.

7 comments:

Zan_Bat_Ishttt_C said...

Pa grave pena dilo dans MAV, kapave ale baigner la mer.

akagugo said...

Despair not: we also have a a flawed press covering a study, flawed too.

Yes, not all Rodriguans are connected to the CWA's water mains. But those who conducted the study should have gone to additional detail by asking those house-owners without a piped water supply how they obtain water to cook, drink and do household chores. In fact, some Rodrigans (50% of them, now we know for sure) do not NEED a piped water supply because they can rely on rainwater harvesting.
About the toilets, they should have asked the house-owners who 'do not have toilets' where they go for their natural needs. If one is really keen on finding the why, the topography is so rocky that it is not possible to dig out one absorption pit for each house, especially outside the capital: all the houses located near one another use common (detached) toilets. This is part of Rodrigan associative / collaborative culture. Some even have a common pool of essential tools scattered around the community for collective use when needed.

The mauritian egoistic model is not applicable to Rodrigan environment at all. Therefore, the study itself is flawed by assuming that Rodrigans need the same level of comfort as Mauritians - that's an awfully short-sighted study designed by CSO officers.

Also, rushing to the conclusion stating that "Comparativement, Rodrigues fait figure de parent pauvre" does not relfect the reality of Rodrigues and is actually an unnecessarily unfair comparison - shame on the author of the article, and anyone who has supervised that publication.

akagugo said...

Ahem, if I merely notice that our venerable Mare aux Vacoas is back in the "zone rouge", am I eligible for arrest for "complot"?

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Si zame sa arive amenn ti iPad uswa enn smartphone pu kontinyer fer komenter ;-)

akagugo said...

A bon? Gagn drwa rentt dan cazott-poul ar portab?? Mo ti kwar ziss subutex ek gandia ki gagné karé-karé...

akagugo said...

A nice recap of our reserves in water here.

En bonus, la palme de la phrase (fécale) de l'année revient sans conteste à Raschid:
"une hausse de 35% n'est pas énorme comparé au prix d'un paquet de cigarettes"

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Ayo kifer nu pa ti mazinn sa avan: 35% ogmentasyon delo kan ena kupir depi 12 mwa ena mem lefe ki nicotine patch. Mersi dokter...