Prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Learn­ing is im­por­tant. Schools and uni­ver­si­ties play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the process. For too many years, so­ci­ety has been con­vinced that is the only way to learn, to get a bet­ter job, to solve prob­lems and to con­trib­ute to our com­mu­ni­ties. I be­lieve peo­ple also learn by do­ing. To­day, when a prob­lem de­vel­ops, too many peo­ple run to their com­put­ers and adopt so­lu­tions which may not work and in fact cost our com­mu­ni­ties dearly. Wa­ter has be­come a prob­lem for farm­ers. No deep-wa­ter wells, no ir­ri­ga­tion, no prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions. On P.E.I. mil­lions of liters of rain fall on ev­ery acre of land an­nu­ally. Much goes to rivers, thus to the ocean to cause prob­lems there.

Char­lot­te­town and other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties con­trib­ute to the prob­lem. The vol­ume of wa­ter run­ning from the roofs of large build­ings, houses, drive­ways, streets, and mas­sive park­ing lots is enor­mous. Where does it go? It goes to the ocean via sys­tems which have cost mil­lions.

Some pos­si­ble an­swers to this waste are sim­ple, prac­ti­cal and less ex­pen­sive than the taxes re­quired to pay for some grandiose sug­ges­tions to date. Farm­ers could build ponds us­ing wa­ter di­verted from houses, barns, ware­houses, fac­to­ries, and ma­chine sheds and used for wash­ing pota­toes, wa­ter­ing cat­tle and ir­ri­ga­tion on a timely ba­sis.

Cities and towns can de­vise a plan to di­vert wa­ter col­lected in the same way to high end users, car washes, parks, sports fields and com­mu­nity gar­dens. Malls with huge paved lots have op­por­tu­ni­ties to col­lect and be­come self-sus­tain­ing. Garth E. Sta­ples, Char­lot­te­town

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