Students get low-down on waterworks

Officials of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) spent the last two days with some of their younger customers at the Grantley Adams Memorial School and Lawrence T. Gay Memorial School in celebration of World Water Day.

Under this year’s theme Water And Jobs, industrial waste inspector Nicole Austin led the presentations, with the first being held on Monday at Grantley Adams Memorial.

Its 60 integrated science students gained in-depth insight into the careers of those employed by the entity charged with the supplying of water to the island. And, the fourth and fifth formers took the opportunity also to obtain answers to the numerous water outages plaguing the parish of St Joseph.

Industrial waste inspector Austin indicated that amongst consideration for public relief were the reasons for the frequent water outages, the water tank process and the treating of seawater
for domestic use.

In her address, BWA marketing manager Yvette Harris-Griffith explained that the process of converting seawater for domestic use would be labour-intensive and require costly equipment.

Harris-Griffith and Austin put forth interim plans undertaken by the BWA, as well as water conservation tips for daily domestic use, including turning off the tap while brushing teeth, using a bucket to wash the car instead of a hose, and fixing all leaks promptly.

On Tuesday, at the Lawrence T. Gay Memorial School, students ages four to seven were eager to learn more about the water process –– from the ground
to the tap.

Austin explained to the 244 students that all of the island’s water came from rainfall, and in some parts of the island it could take up to three months for rain to become groundwater.

“We dig wells into the ground and place submersible pumps; electricity is used to operate these pumps; the water is drawn out of the well and brought to the top via the rising mains,” she told the little ones.

Austin added: “We then dig trenches in the road and lay down large pipes called water mains. The large mains connect to smaller mains which supply houses, schools and businesses, through the meter and then the pipes.”

The presentations concluded with an explanation of the waste water process to the treatment plant.

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