Piped water for residents of sister isles

The problem of inadequate water supply especially in the dry season for the residents of Carriacou and Petite Martinique will be a thing of the past.

A grant of two million Euros from the European Union through the Caribbean Community Climate Change will make it possible for water to be piped into the homes of residents as a reverse osmosis plant will be implemented in Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Elvin Nimrod told The New Today newspaper that the players in this venture are GRENLEC, NAWASA, the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs and the Ministry of Works, Communication and Utilities.

“So far we have been having discussions with GRENLEC so that GRENLEC will help facilitate the process because obviously we need the energy component of all this,” Nimrod said.

The island’s Deputy Prime Minister was confident that as a result of this project, the problem of good drinking water on the two sister isles will be solved.

“Whilst the project is being implemented water will be piped to residents in Carriacou and also in Petite Martinique. In other words, the problem of having good drinking water will be something of the past,” he told the newspaper.

A multi-million dollar project involving the construction of a desalination water plant for Carriacou fell through under a previous New National Party (NNP) government involving Nimrod.

However, the Deputy Prime Minister stated that residents on the two islands are welcoming the new initiative.

“A lot of feedback, very positive, and people are very enthused, very expectant, very hopeful about the project because everyone in Carriacou and Petite Martinique has a desire to make sure they get adequate water supply,” he said.

Minister Nimrod expressed the view that the implementation of the project would help with the development of the two islands, as the limited supply of water is a hindrance in that respect.

“A lot of people in Carriacou and Petite Martinique build private tanks to help but we do not have any commercial source of water and this retards our own development in terms of industries because even let’s say for instance – a laundry – we couldn’t have a laundry here in any significant way because we don’t have the water supply,” he explained.

According to the senior government minister, the system being installed will be similar to the one run by NAWASA on the mainland because the people on the sister isles will have to make a payment to get water.

“Everything has a price to it, hopefully the amount to be paid will not be so burdensome that people cannot pay but obviously people will have to pay something to get the water,” Nimrod said.

He did not believe that the implementation of the project would result in people abandoning their cisterns.

“I would not recommend that they abandon the system of cisterns and tanks because sometimes things happen,” he said.

“Now even with the electricity, if that goes for a while you know that you cannot get the water pumping into your own facilities, so it’s always good to have this as a back-up just in case the technology fails”, he added.

The timeframe given for the commencement of the project is September 2014.

Nimrod said that government is committed to meeting the deadline date “so we will not lose that funding which I said before is free money, meaning we don’t have to pay back.”

Resident of Carriacou, Brian Lendore, speaking to The New Today said the soon to come on stream project will definitely be a good one for Carriacou & Petite Martinique.

“We have to say hats off that finance has already been secured. What we want now is to see the reality of that happening because September is next 6 months away,” he said.

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