Speaking recently on the occasion of ‘Water Week’, the Water Engineer at the St. Kitts Water Services Department, Dr. Halley Sahely, reminded Kittitians that water must be used resourcefully to guarantee it is obtainable in adequate surplus and quality, for generations to come.
She pointed out that as efforts are made to promote economic diversification, “We will face an increasing demand for fresh water especially in the production of food.”
Sahely is of the view that the country needs to ensure there is enough water to balance the needs for food and nutrition security. “Together, we must work through this challenge and create opportunities for change and for the betterment of our people while preserving and protecting a vital resource for all,” said the engineer.
The Water Department official explained that the week of activities is being observed as a means of focusing attention on the significance of fresh water and promoting a sustainable management of fresh water resources.
Dr. Sahley disclosed that the staff of the department will be engaging the community by visiting schools, both primary and secondary, appearing on radio and TV, hosting a joint activity with the Department of Agriculture and Taiwan Technical Mission as well as facilitating a guided hike to one of our water sources.
“The theme adopted this year is ‘Water and Food Security’. Water connects us all. There is no doubt that water is a necessary ingredient for sustainable development and poverty alleviation. Do you know how much water is needed to produce one tomato or 1 pound of beef?
Water is a necessary ingredient for food production and one that must be used efficiently to ensure it is available in sufficient quantity and quality for generations to come,” said Dr. Sahely.
The week begins with a Church Service at the Mount Carmel Baptist at Bourryeau and a ministerial statement by the Minister of Public Utilities, Dr. Earl Asim Martin on Sunday 18th March.
There will be talks in primary and high schools and on radio and television from Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd March.
On Friday 23rd March there will be a joint activity with the Department of Agriculture and the Taiwan Technical Mission at the Agro-Processing Facility at Needsmust.