Before I start with my rants, let me wish a “Happy Cavadee” to all MAURITIANS who celebrate it all round the island.
On each of the festivals (Cavadee, Mahashivratree, Marche Sur Le Feu etc), we are thousands to stand on the roads to watch (and sometimes admire) those devotees walking long distances for religious (and personal) reasons, fulfilling some of their wishes or promises. Very often, people help to make the journey less difficult and tiresome : Offering fresh juice, fruits and food, providing areas for devotees to rest and finally, people also find ways to cool down the burning tarmac by “watering” the roads.
However, the situation is completely different on this special day. Mauritius is facing the worst drought ever. The level of water in our reservoirs and boreholes is critical. Estimates made by the authorities say that the country has only a few weeks of drinkable water.
But, as usual, we still have some stupid and irresponsible persons among the population, I guess you already know what I will be presenting to you.
While CarrotMadMan6 has been shooting the Cavadee procession in Triolet, I had the opportunity to watch the one in Riviere du Rempart and in Goodlands for a few minutes. I won’t be posting pictures of the procession but a few shots showing how some people have been ‘watering’ the roads (CLICK to enlarge) :
Water lorry tanks
As for these lorries, the source of the water might be different : They can be from some river, lake or even the sea, thus they might be using water which might not be going into the reservoirs, dams etc. So, we can’t take rapid conclusions just by watching.
Water Usage Restriction during drought period
1. Under sections 49 and 49A of the CWA Act, the Minister has approved the Drought Period Regulations 2011 which have been published in the Governement Gazette under GN 000 of 2011.
2. Under these Regulations,
No person shall without reasonable excuse, use any domestic supply or non domestic supply through a hosepipe, sprinkler or any similar apparatus, or in any wasteful manner
(a) To wash any vehicle
(b) To wash any pavement, building or part of any building (THEY DID NOT MENTION ROADS???)
(c) To water any hedge or lawn
(1) Any person who contravenes any regulations made under this Act shall commit an offence and shall on conviction be liable :
(a) In the case of a domestic consumer to a fine not exceeding 50,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years.
(b) In any other case to a fine not exceeding 200,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years.
2 These regulations are effective as from 05 January 2011 and are applicable until further notice.
Share your thoughts
The pictures shown are so evident and clear : The persons are wasting (tap) water and thus committing a serious offence under the “Drought Period Regulation 2011”. I seriously believe that the authorities (including the police) wont be taking any actions for this day so as to avoid any interference with religion-related(?) practices.
I bet that you have witnessed these wastage in most regions of the island, is it so?
Please drop a few words…