World Water Day 2016: Better Water, Better Jobs

Castries, Saint Lucia, March 22, 2016 – In observance of World Water Day today March 22, Saint Lucians are being urged to show greater appreciation for the importance of water by conserving the resource.

This year`s observance is being held under the theme Water, and Jobs”, with the sub-theme “Better Water Better Jobs“. The themes focuses on the key relationship between proper water management and socio-economic development and in particular, jobs.

Approximately half of the world’s workers comprising, 1.5 billion people, work in a water related field.Moreover, nearly all jobs rely on water in some way.

The head of the Water Resource Management Agency (WRMA) Mr. Terrence Gilliard says there is a clear link between socio-economic development and water availability. (quantity and quality).

To boost socio-economic activity in the south of the island, the Ministry of Sustainable Development Energy Science and Technology and the WRMA with the support of several agencies, is implementing a US$20M project to overhaul the water infrastructure in Vieux Fort and surrounding communities The project is geared towards the overall improvement of water supply reliability and is expected to support the ongoing social and economic development of the town of Vieux Fort.

Other projects including the Dennery Water Supply Redevelopment Project, the John Compton Dam Rehabilitation Project, the Development of a National Wastewater Management Strategic Plan and the Castries Wastewater Project will help support the national agenda to secure better water quality and supply for the creation of better jobs and more productive nation.

In commemoration of World Water Day, the Water Resource Management Agency and the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology encourages all citizens to take action to conserve and protect this precious resource in order to secure a prosperous future for all.

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