Thursday 22 October, 2020

Schools in St Kitts and Nevis benefit from water security project

Photo: St Kitts and Nevis Information Service.

Photo: St Kitts and Nevis Information Service.

Eighteen schools in St Kitts and Nevis will benefit from the recently launched USAID and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) Funded Water Security Project.

The schools have been provided with storage tanks and supporting pumps.

Education minister Jonel Powell said the donation was timely given the increased demand on schools to provide water for sanitation purposes during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Notwithstanding, there are days of high consumption and usage, and customers experience extremely low pressure and unplanned service interruptions. These interruptions impact the schools in significant ways as classes would have to be suspended under such conditions,” Powell said at the closing ceremony for a climate change adaptation project entitled “Ensuring Water Security in Vulnerable Schools in St. Kitts and Nevis Through Onsite Water Storage Capacity” on October 16.

The US$205,000 in equipment will be given to schools such as the McKnight Day Care Centre, Dr William Connor Primary School, Cayon High School and Charlestown High School, which are located in water stressed communities.

The minister added: “This project has done two things. It has provided a backup water supply for schools, which ensures that classes are not interrupted because of disruptions in the water supply at the particular schools and secondly, it has provided water storage tanks to schools and day care centres to ensure that water is readily available at these institutions.”

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