Good initiative – to improve the water supply

Mauritius is facing the problem of water supply. Being a small island, we should be able to enjoy the facility of having water supply 24/7.
The current Minister of Finance, Mr Lutchmeenaraidoo came up with a wonderful idea of financing the priority projects with a fund, namely, Build Mauritius Fund. The first step to finance this fund is through the money from unchanged petroleum prices. Despite the decline in the petroleum prices on the international market, a strategic plan has been put in place not to decrease the price but instead collect the fall of Rs 3 into the fund and use it to improve the development projects. Rs 1.2 billion will be collected per year into the Build Mauritius Fund and this will be used to finance the replacement of water pipelines, the Bagatelle Dam Project and the construction of other dams.
But, of course Rs 1.2 billion will definitely not be enough to finance the projects. Mauritius should be planning to seek financial help from abroad. As we all know there will be a no-tax budget in 2015, other ways of allowing fund into the country should be sought. Seeking for financial help from India or even China is not a bad idea. As mentioned in the National Economic and Social council report June 2014, some 200 million litres of treated drinking water are lost on a daily basis and this is mostly due to the leaky underground pipes. To repair those damaged pipes, expertise from various countries can also be obtained. We should not be hesitating to approach India or China who have the know-how and also cheap labour to do so. Mauritius as well has a pool of talented engineers and professionals to deal with this problem. Some ideas, financial help and ease of doing the development should be inspired internationally and with the use our resources as well; the water supply can be improved immensely.
Development and improvement of the water supply will be done but we should also be worried about the consumption of water in Mauritius. Data from Statistics Mauritius illustrates that Mauritians are using an average consumption of 166 litres of water per person per day. This is way beyond what other people in other parts of the World are using.  In Singapore, 153 litres of water is being used per person per day and around 120 to 150 litres in European countries. This clearly illustrates that a campaign should be carried out to sensitise the Mauritians about the consumption of water and the alarming problem of climate change and fluctuation of water supply naturally. The population should be educated and a water-consciousness campaign should be carried out to avoid wastage of valuable resources.
Wastage should be eliminated and also water saving technology should be introduced. We should not be forgetting the big industries, which are making use of more and more water, new entertainment facilities, agricultural surfaces are also making use of plenty of water per day. The demand of water is increasing day by day and the supply is being restricted due to various factors. To avoid a sharp increase in the fares of water, which will affect the poor as well as the rich, actions need to be taken now.
Wastage by the population, mismanagement and over-consumption should be combated together with development projects, campaign and water saving technology.


"Mauritians are using an average consumption of 166 litres of water per person per day. This is way beyond what other people in other parts "

More information is needed about this particular figure.

One needs to know about how this figure is compiled
Does it include the big hotels? Industrial complexes?


Above all does it include lost water from reservoir to the consumers at home?

On the whole the creation of the Build Mauritius Fund is to be welcome, of course.

Still we need to know what kind of Mauritius are we aiming for.

A detailed and well thought out plan is required before spending huge sums of money raised locally or from abroad0

A plan that must include quality housing, food production, water supply, road safety/pavements.well lit roads through solar power, a modern and reliable transport system , modern public owned hospitals,modern regional health centres, a re-designed education system where the college leaver is ready and fully trained for for employment, the managing of our rivers/coastlines etc.etc.