Friday, August 12, 2011

Water power

THERE is climate change. There is degradation of the environment. There is too much rain. There is big waste and destruction. There is extensive damage to properties, to roads and bridges, to agriculture specially. Should it be so? Could it be otherwise? What would make a difference?

Perhaps it is sheer vanity and futility. But it might be a good idea and a profitable venture. Perhaps is it but a puerile dream and a ridiculous thought. But it could be something worth considering and attending to. Perhaps it is a great plot for a horror movie if not a heavenly “telenovela”. What it is then?

These days in particular, it is not a secret that there is too much water—not only in the rivers but also in the streets. These are the times when there is some kind of deluge one after another, in this and that region. Necessary and precious infrastructures are swept away. Material assets are annihilated. Human lives are wasted. The present is depressing. The future is fearsome.

All such negative realities make it not only necessary but also practical to ask some questions: Must much water always mean ruin and annihilation? Should plentiful water be necessarily identified with havoc and devastation? Is water not also identified with power? Are water dams meant not only to irrigate the land but also to produce power? Water is then a force to destroy or a power to build—depending on what human ingenuity and resolve want it to be.

It is foolish simply to engage in wishful thinking. It is time to plan and act realistically. People can no longer afford to simply fold their arms and worry. It is the demand of the days for them to affirm and promote the move towards making much water a big power. There must be some able technological experts and capable professional engineers to think, to design and execute the reality of “Water Power”.

Such an agenda is not a mere option but a real necessity. In other words, with the realities of nature being what they are—and probably becoming more pronounced and forceful in the years ahead—it is high time to eventually come up with the fact of water harnessed to build and not simply allowed to destroy. There is wind power. Why not water power?

Just thinking aloud.

OVC, JCD
12 August 2011