Information Officer II
Department of Information & Public Relations
The Government of the Virgin Islands is continuing to upgrade the existing water distribution network as it ensures that all residents have access to potable water.
The importance of this sector was highlighted today March 22, when public and private entities convened at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park to observe and acknowledge World Water Day under the local theme “Better Water, Better Jobs”.
Director of the Water and Sewerage Department, Mrs. Pearline Scatliffe-Leonard, stated that World Water Day gives the department an avenue to share and educate the public on how potable water is distributed and the role it plays in our economy. Mrs. Scatliffe-Leonard added that without water, many jobs would not be able to function and that conservation should be integrated into lifestyle as a daily habit.
Guest speaker and representative for the Special Project Unit at the Ministry of Communications and Works, Mr. Keith Smith, emphasised the importance of understanding the production and distribution of potable water. Mr. Smith stated that there are many opportunities in the water sector and water remains one of Government’s top priorities.
Mr. Smith said, “We have just placed a line in the water treatment system that’s producing clear, above standard effluent and we have hired local operators to run the plant. There are a lot of other opportunities in water.”
Mr. Smith added that conservation remains the key to sustainable and reliable water.
During the week, and for the continuation of the year, the Water and Sewerage Department will be visiting schools, facilitating guided tours of water plants and hosting an open house.
Environmental tips for water will also be aired on ZBVI’s programme, the Almanac this week and persons can visit the Water and Sewerage Department’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/viwaterandsewerage for chances to win prizes.
The World Water Day campaign in the Territory is a collaboration between the Water and Sewerage Department and the Department of Conservation and Fisheries and this year’s theme is based on the international theme “Water and Jobs”.
The Government of the Virgin Islands is committed to providing a sound water distribution infrastructure and to providing reliable potable water to the people of the Virgin Islands.