Managing Director of RBC Royal Bank, Kevin Darling (third from right) and his team, stand with students of St. Joseph Primary, in front of the 10 000 gallon water tank RBC donated to the school. Looking on is Principal of St. Joseph Primary, Cloda Alleyne (second from right) and Barbados Water Authority hydrogeologist, Jaime Paul (right).
THE students of the St. Joseph Primary School in Horse Hill, St. Joseph, have been embarking on water conservation efforts for some time now, in an effort to preserve the limited supplies of water they have access to.
Principal of St. Joseph Primary, Cloda Alleyne, acknowledged the above yesterday, as a team from RBC Royal Bank made a presentation to the school, in celebration of Blue Water Day. She meanwhile had high praise for personnel of the Barbados Water Authority, noting that the school, to date, has been well served by the BWA, in spite of the recent water outages and general water woes affecting the parish of St. Joseph. To date, she said, there have been no school closures this term.
“We have a routine where we call and they are supposed to come early on mornings. So if the water is off, we call them. But whether it is off or not, they pass by to make sure we have water,” the principal revealed.
“We don’t always have to call. They come and check on us and we are very grateful for that,” she added.
“So this morning, we are going to not only pledge to save water, we are also going to pledge to stop complaining, because there are caring people out there who understand what we are going through and who are trying to help us. So we are going to help ourselves. We are going to help ourselves by caring the gifts that they have given us, and by saving water for the generations to come,” Alleyne told the students.
Alleyne meanwhile thanked BWA hydrogeologist, Jaime Paul, who shared a number of water conservation tips with the students, encouraging them to turn off taps rather than leave them running, and to be mindful of how they use the water they do have.
Noting that she hoped that the rains would come in to ease the drought this year, since the majority of students present indicated by a show of hands that they had been deeply affected by the water woes, Paul then asked the students to make a pledge, promising not to waste water.