All meter systems have a sole and singular reason and purpose whether in an air, sea, rail and road automobiles; electrical, electronic, solar, wind, hydro, oil, petrol, battery driven and so forth. Even our personal mobiles, computers, satellites and so forth all measure speed, safety levels, balance and all needed control for security and lifesaving precautionary measures. Without them, all equipment or machineries will head for disaster.
I’ve lived for a short while with our local Fijian
Pastor in Pacific Harbour on mainland Fiji as far back as 1990. Interestingly
enough, the last person in our household to go to bed must ensure that our
watermain along our main road must be shut off to save our water use and
consumption should there be water leakages in our kitchen, bathroom or anywhere
and to even shut our water meter usage down. That’s plain and simple common
sense and wisdom.
When we built our house in Kainganui Road, Kavera,
back in 2004, we made sure we got T&M Heather to put a 15,000-litre
concrete tank underground as substitute to our water main. We
also installed four water tanks at Church in Tupapa, equipped with UV Safe for
drinking water, so that anyone in our neighbourhood could come for water, even
for showering and laundry if needed.
How often and how much longer will we hear and listen
to the voices and cries of so many people, households, and taperes (mainly
those on high grounds) complaining about water shortage or low pressure, often
lasting for even weeks and months? The worst and ongoing inhumane and senseless
scenario is when people do not care about saving water by constantly checking
for unnecessary leaks or inconsiderate uses within their own households,
neighbourhoods, and communities for the sake of the less fortunate.
If we are such a non-caring, inconsiderate,
irresponsible, and unaccountable community of people, then water meters are a
must and definitely life-saving for every household, hotel, motel, and tourist
accommodation, too – except for our welfare centres like hospitals, schools,
colleges, and handicap and vulnerable health centres.
Congratulations to Mauke island. On a recent trip I found out that they have
the most efficient ground water solar pumping system and also the safest,
cleanest, freshest drinking water in our country and perhaps the whole world. Go
try it for yourself – tei mua kotou e Akatokamanava.