The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Wind­ward and Lee­ward Brew­ery Ltd. (WLBL), has part­nered with Deutsche Ge­sellschaft für In­ter­na­tionale Zusam­me­nar­beit GmbH (GIZ) through its In­ter­na­tional Wa­ter Ste­ward­ship Pro­gramme (IWaSP) and the Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Com­pany (WASCO) to em­bark on the Saint Lu­cia Wa­ter Ste­ward­ship Part­ner­ship.

The Saint Lu­cia Wa­ter Ste­ward­ship Part­ner­ship will set out to iden­tify short-term mea­sures that will seek to im­prove wa­ter se­cu­rity, col­lec­tively se­cure sus­tain­able wa­ter sup­ply for the com­mu­ni­ties and in­dus­tries lo­cated in the south of Saint Lu­cia in the long run, and ac­tively seek the en­gage­ment of com­mu­ni­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions and other in­dus­tries and wa­ter users in the re­gion.

At a cheque pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony, Mr. Se­bas­tian Sanchez, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of WLBL in­di­cated, “We are proud to part­ner with WASCO and GIZ to aid in the up­grad­ing of wa­ter fa­cil­i­ties and dis­tri­bu­tion in the south­ern area of Saint Lu­cia. Wa­ter is an im­por­tant re­source and through our Wa­ter Ste­ward­ship pro­gramme we would like to en­sure that we in­vest in projects that can re­duce wa­ter wastage, con­sump­tion and uti­lize sus­tain­able prac­tices in our homes and busi­nesses. One ma­jor facet in our Brew­ing a Bet­ter World Cam­paign is to help pro­tect our wa­ter re­sources in wa­ter-scarce and wa­ter-dis­tressed ar­eas and this part­ner­ship will en­able us to do so.”

The WLBL’s Brew­ing a Bet­ter World ini­tia­tive is a long-term ap­proach for cre­at­ing and shar­ing sus­tain­able busi­ness prac­tices. The main pil­lars of the ini­tia­tive in­clude pro­tect­ing wa­ter re­sources, re­duc­ing CO2 emis­sions, ad­vo­cat­ing re­spon­si­ble con­sump­tion, pro­mot­ing health and safety and grow­ing with com­mu­ni­ties.

Mr. Vin­cent Hip­polyte, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of WASCO said, “We have a lot of work to do in up­grad­ing our wa­ter fa­cil­i­ties on the is­land. And through part­ner­ships with re­spon­si­ble cor­po­rate cit­i­zens such as WLBL, we will be able im­prove our wa­ter fa­cil­i­ties and dis­tri­bu­tion in key ar­eas. This cheque of USD$90,000 will go a long way in set­ting up wa­ter sus­tain­abil­ity in La Haut and we take this op­por­tu­nity to thank WLBL for their con­tin­ued sup­port.”

Dr. Horst Vo­gel, Pro­gram Di­rec­tor of GIZ, ex­pressed his per­sonal de­light and GIZ’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion about the part­ner­ship be­tween WLBL, WASCO and GIZ. He also con­veyed his trust that this first tri­par­tite co­op­er­a­tion to im­prove wa­ter se­cu­rity in the south­ern area, i.e. La Haut vil­lage, will just set the stage for many sim­i­lar fol­low-on projects. Af­ter all, he said, where there is co­op­er­a­tion, there is de­vel­op­ment and progress!

Vin­cent Hip­polyte WASCO (left) and Se­bas­tian Sanchez WLBL

at the cheque pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony.

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