With Climate Change contributing to the frequency of natural disasters and droughts experienced in the Caribbean region, Director of the Water & Sewerage Department, Perline Scatliffe-Leonard is urging residents to be more conservative with water usage.
Director Scatliffe-Leonard made the call as the British Virgin Islands observed World Water Day at the weekend.
“We know that as the climate gets warmer, water evaporates more from both land and the ocean; and so we can agree that the manner in which we use water can be dictated by climate change, given that less water is available,” the director stated.
“As a result, we cannot stress enough that it is everyone’s responsibility to conserve this precious resource,” she added.
BVI’s Infrastructure strengthened
Scatliffe-Leonard further said that studies by her department have ensured that the territory is better prepared to continue supplying residents with water in the event it is impacted by another major natural disaster.
She said: “Our infrastructure has been strengthened so that we are able to provide water service to our customers after these events, even if our reservoirs are destroyed. We have been preparing, and in most cases, we are continually improving on and maintaining our goal of 100 percent readiness in our preparations.”
Water efficiency systems need to be embraced
Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Joseph Smith-Abbot, said the BVI needs to embrace systems which makes more efficient use of water.
“As the global population grows, so does the demand for water, which depletes natural resources and damages the environment in many places … Water is our most precious resource and we must use it more responsibly,” he said.
The Deputy Secretary recommended that the territory adopt climate-smart agricultural techniques, protect oceans and wetlands areas, and increase the safe reuse of wastewater.
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