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Gov’t to send barge, desalination plant to SVG

As potable water remains one of the most critical resources needed by the people of St Vincent, BVI government is currently coordinating efforts to dispatch a mobile water desalination plant to that country that is currently enduring a volcanic eruption.

Desalination plants are used to convert seawater to drinking water in many dry regions of the world. They are also used to treat water that is fouled by other natural and unnatural contaminants.

Along with the desalination plant, Premier Andrew Fahie said the BVI will be sending a barge with supplies. The relief items are currently being collected across the territory.

Premier Fahie said the barge is scheduled to depart Port Purcell on Wednesday, April 21 for Virgin Gorda, where additional supplies will be collected.
Thereafter, the vessel will set sail on the 24th for arrival in St Vincent and the Grenadines on the 26th of April.

In addition to these supplies, the Ministry of Transportation & Works and the Water & Sewerage Department will be coordinating the dispatch of water trucks filled with water, and water tanks filled with water. These items will also be placed on a barge scheduled to leave the territory next week.

“We are also looking into exploring the possibility of sending water in the holding tank of the barge which will be transporting the supplies. We are coordinating efforts with the Ports Authority at Port Purcell and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) to ensure that the vessel can be packed and dispatched by next week,” Premier Fahie told the House of Assembly on April 15.

The Family of Rotary Clubs, the BVI Red Cross, St Vincent and the Grenadines Association, the Lions Club, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the Office of the Honorary Consul of St Vincent and the Grenadines, various local church organisations, and the DDM are all collaborating to provide humanitarian relief and support to the volcano-affected country.

The Rotary Family of Clubs in the BVI will also hold a telethon where the goal is to raise $50,000 in support of the relief effort beginning April 15 at 7 p.m.

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  1. Great says:

    This is very nice and will probably save lives and ease suffering. Bravo!

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  2. well my god says:

    We here cant keep our water on the bathe properly and we exporting water?

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  3. all ah we says:

    I hope it is the barge which made millions off we doing it for free?

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  4. Photo says:

    Please provide a photo of the actual barge that is transporting this relief cargo to St. Vincent. The current photo of a tug pushing 2 barges up a river would not even make it from Tortola to VG!

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  5. Great idea! says:

    Very good move BVI Government!! That’s what they need right now. No sense sending a bunch of stuff that they don’t need and will probably only misuse or waste.

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  6. LMAO says:

    While I applaud this gesture, it is really laughable that the BVI Government is providing water for St Vincent but so many residents here can’t take a bath for days and this is going on for YEARS. Shameful.

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    • @LMAO says:

      BVI doesn’t have a problem making potable water, it has a problem distributing it – lack of storage and leaking pipework, because nothing is ever maintained or enhanced here. Lack of vision and follow through. Sad.

      • ... says:

        Put money in the department to fix the things that need to be fixed. Knowing and doing what need to be done will make a difference.

  7. @LMAO says:

    I WAS THINKING THE EXACT THING, I AM ALL FOR HELPING ANOTHER HUMAN IN NEED. WHAT PUZZLES ME IS WE HAVE A WATER SHORTAGE, AND IS CUT OFF FROM WATER THAT WE ARE PAYING FOR AND CAN’T ENJOY A PROPER BATH FOR DAYS AND YET, WATER THAT WE NEED IS BEING SHIPPED OUT.

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  8. @ ASKING says:

    THE INDIANS SAID THE WHITE MAN SPEAK WITH FORKED TONGUES \ I WONDER WHAT THE BLACK MAN SPEAK WITH CAN YOU PLEASE ENLIGHTEN US SIR

  9. Good gesture, but says:

    That is very good. However, there is a portable plant sitting around and since January I only get water for 2hours one morning in Towers while WS charges me $23 per month for the air.

  10. Shame says:

    Another Fahie/ Chalwell kickback collaboration! Cut the check

  11. BVI TRUTH says:

    The problem with water & sewerage is and always been management.

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