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VI looking to identify & revive old water sources – Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard

VI looking to identify & revive old water sources – Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard

Director of the Water and Sewerage Department in the Virgin Islands (VI), Mrs Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard has said that efforts must be made to identify, and in some cases revive water sources to include wells, catchments and natural areas such as ponds to mitigate the impact of Climate Change.

“Potable water service can be grossly impacted during hurricanes, power outages, rising sea levels, and other disasters to which we are exposed and this is why, we must find ways to identify, and in some cases revive our water sources,” she said.

Mrs Scatliffe-Leonard was at the time making remarks on World Water Day 2022 observed on March 22, 2022, and added that water is life and measures must be taken to ensure that this resource is always available.

World Water Day 2022 was observed under the theme 'Groundwater: making the invisible visible' as groundwater accounts for ninety-nine per cent of all liquid freshwater on earth, and has the potential to provide environmental benefits and opportunities.


Focus on groundwater for 2022


“In addition to other initiatives, the department has taken onboard Sustainable Development Goals 6 (SD-6) which is one of the many goals under the United Nations for developing countries, that speaks strictly to water and sanitation. The department continues in its operations and maintenance efforts toward this goal,” the Director said.

World Water Day 2022 was observed under the theme “Groundwater: making the invisible visible” as groundwater accounts for ninety-nine per cent of all liquid freshwater on earth, and has the potential to provide environmental benefits and opportunities.

World Water Day is observed annually on March 22 and focuses on the importance of freshwater while reinforcing efforts to raise awareness to the billions of people living without access to safe water.

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