SPETCO and Belmont Estate collaborate to clean up river

A clean up exercise of the river by staffers of Belmont Estate

A clean up exercise of the river by staffers of Belmont Estate

Members of the St Patrick Environmental and Tourism Organisation and staff of Belmont Estate and gave up part of their Sunday to contribute to the well-being of the environment.

They spent almost five hours cleaning the area of the river which runs in front Belmont Estate to the area known as the pan bridge.

The clean-up is the first in many to be held over the next few months as part of a critical water source project undertaken by SPECTO under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment, with funding from the German Institute of Cooperation.

The project focuses on the Pointzfield River, a natural water resource for many communities in St Patrick.

The quality of its water is however deteriorating due to pollution from trash and a build-up of debris.

Further blockage from heavy rainfall results in flooding posing a serious threat to people who live close by.

As a result urgent measure are needed to ensure that the Pointzfield River remains a safe source of water that will contribute positively to food security and livelihoods.

The cumulative impact of upstream activities also have a profound impact on the quality of the water and habitats of the Pointzfield River, hence these areas are being addressed first.

A key component of the project is a public awareness campaign that will provide community members with information on best practices to mitigate pollution, ways to conserve the quality of our water supply and the importance of protecting our watershed and eco system.

The project will also include building protective barriers. In addition to assisting with the clean-up campaign, Belmont Estate is collaborating with SPECTO by providing office space and the venue for meetings, consultations and in public awareness.

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