Rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing pro­ject for Mi­coud

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Peo­ple Em­pow­er­ing Peo­ple (PEP) group of Mi­coud is proud to an­nounce the ap­proval of fund­ing for its pro­ject “Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion Through Rain­wa­ter Har­vest­ing” by the Aus­tralian Di­rect Aid Pro­gram.

The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend an in­tro­duc­tion to the pro­ject on Wed­nes­day, March 9th at 3:00 pm in the Mi­coud Mul­ti­pur­pose Cen­tre. The pro­ject pro­vides for lo­cal re­silience to con­di­tions caused by cli­mate change, es­pe­cially to help mit­i­gate fluc­tu­a­tions in the district wa­ter sup­ply to homes and busi­nesses.

This ini­tia­tive for Rain­wa­ter Har­vest­ing seeks to ad­dress wa­ter sup­ply prob­lems for Mi­coud District re­sult­ing from un­usual weather pat­terns in re­cent years, in­clud­ing both flood and drought con­di­tions. PEP is im­ple­ment­ing this pro­ject as a way of as­sist­ing in the re­bal­anc­ing of wa­ter sup­plies, and us­ing sus­tain­able nat­u­ral re­sources to the best ad­van­tage.

“Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion Through Rain­wa­ter Har­vest­ing” is a two-fold pro­ject: one stage for the com­mu­nity at large and one to as­sist in­di­vid­ual house­holds.

The first stage in­volves the con­struc­tion of rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing sys­tems at sev­eral key sites in Mi­coud, which in­cludes emer­gency shel­ters and ser­vice build­ings. Th­ese in­stal­la­tions will en­sure that first re­spon­der agen­cies will have a stand-by wa­ter sup­ply in case of emer­gency, and that peo­ple in the com­mu­nity will be able to ac­cess a source of safe wa­ter when there is a dis­rup­tion to the pub­lic por­ta­ble wa­ter sup­ply, par­tic­u­larly af­ter cat­a­strophic events.

For the se­cond com­po­nent of the pro­ject, PEP will de­velop a rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing pro­to­type for smaller sys­tems, to be used for house­holds and busi­nesses. PEP will demon­strate the con­struc­tion and use of such mod­els and de­velop a ‘do-it-your­self' man­ual to en­cour­age all peo­ple to set up their own rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing sys­tems on-prop­erty. The aim is to en­sure that the de­sign is sim­ple, low-cost, and easy to im­ple­ment.

This would al­low res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers to have their own re­li­able, self-sus­tain­ing wa­ter sup­ply — serv­ing as a buf­fer for Mi­coud's re­cur­rent prob­lems with pub­lic wa­ter sup­ply.

Res­i­dents of Mi­coud will soon see the ini­ti­a­tion of rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing pro­ject help al­le­vi­ate wa­ter prob­lems in the area.

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