Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 16, 2020 (SKNIS):
The implementation of a climate change adaptation project in St. Kitts and Nevis will address the scarcity of water that some learning institutions are currently facing. The project will retrofit existing cisterns in some areas and install water storage tanks in others. These institutions include nurseries, daycare centres, preschools, primary and secondary schools.
“The project is almost complete. Throughout St. Kitts and Nevis, over 4000 students and faculty have benefited and at least 18 institutions across the two islands are now equipped with onsite water storage tanks and delivery systems whether by pumps or by gravity to allow for the transmission of stored water through the piping system,” said Cheryl Jeffers, Conservation Officer at the Department of Environment, during the October 16 ceremony to commission the water storage tanks.
The total storage capacity of 82,400 gallons of water has been installed and retrofitted.Minister of Environment, the Honourable Eric Evelyn, said that the project, which is dubbed “Ensuring Water Security in Vulnerable Schools in St. Kitts and Nevis through Onsite Water Storage Capacity” is very impactful.
“This project is impacting our students. Our students are our leaders of tomorrow. It is impacting the education system. And, of course… once it impacts the children and teachers it will also impact the parents because the parents need to know that once the children are in school, they have to a consistent supply of clean water,” said Minister Evelyn. “It is also impacting on their health because, of course, we know that we cannot be healthy unless we have water. So, it impacts on the education of our students, their health and the society generally. It is a ripple effect from the students, to the teachers, to the parents and the entire community.”
Minister Evelyn said that climate change is very real