Derek Soh has a few ideas:
“(We should) stop planting new trees, stop all water entertainment. Impose higher tariffs for water.”
Christopher Teo Kian Lam urges the government to start water-rationing now, to jolt Singaporeans out of their complacency:
“Many friends I have spoken to appear nonchalant about global warming, the cold snap in the United States or the dry spell affecting us. Most feel that, given our small size, they cannot do much to help ease the situation.
Little wonder that some Singaporeans persist in using water in the same ways; consumption has risen by 5 per cent despite warnings that the dry spell will continue. If everyone thinks and behaves in this way, we are doomed.”
Adrian Ma agrees:
“Water-rationing would make people aware. We take water too lightly and are set in our ways. People waste water as if it were plentiful.”
Keng Hua Tan shares a personal story:
“I grew up in the 1980s. I vaguely remember tagging along with my mother to fetch water from a water truck in the HDB carpark. The water supply was cut for few hours. I can’t recall whether it was planned water-rationing exercise or a measure against extended dry season but the importance of water conservation had been etched in my mind since then.”
Teo Kok Chai would like to see more effort spent tackling the dry spell:
“We should take all available measures, or learn from other countries that have similar problems. For example, reports state Malaysia had started cloud-seeding.
Even if the resulting rain falls outside Singapore or over non-catchment areas, it may trigger some weather changes in this dry spell. This is only one idea that other countries have tried.”
Worried about the prolonged dry spell and returning haze? Send your questions and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll tackle them on VoicesTODAY this Thursday, 9pm, on Channel 5.