Tanks on the Main Wharf

On April 14th 2013 the Union Island Environmental Attackers (UIEA) with its project partner Sustainable Grenadines Inc, which are both NGOs, distributed one hundred water storage tanks “Black Tanks” to residents of UnionIsland free of cost.  Each tank is capable of storing 1000 gallons of water each.


There are currently several problems that limit water availability on UnionIsland, the average annual rainfall is relatively low at 1,000 mm and the small size of the Island limits the geographic influences that generate precipitation.


There is also the challenge of inadequate storage capacity to maintain the required water supply, especially during prolonged drought conditions caused by climate change. Water is collected from rainfall and stored in concrete or plastic tanks and public reservoirs. If water shortages and condition of storage were to worsen these can lead to serious health, sanitation and vector control issues.


After seeing the water needs on the Island, president of the UIEA, Katrina Collins came up with a project concept and applied to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for a grant under its “Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Fund” to the tune of over two hundred thousand EC dollars.


The project was launched in September 2012 under the theme “Increasing Water Storage Capacity on UnionIsland: Adapting to the Effects of Drought”.  Monthly community meetings and workshops were held during the project phases. There were representatives from the CWSA who gave water sanitary and conservation lectures. Residents on UnionIsland who have damaged or leaking tanks and those households which do not have water tanks were the first to benefit from this project.


The tanks arrived from Trinidad & Tobago by boat and residents were all excited that this project was a reality and they would finally be able to gear up for the upcoming rainy season.  One of the beneficiaries of the project Mr Egbert Adams, stated that he was glad to see this project came off and less fortunate persons were able to benefit, “it certainly adds more water storage to my home and I am hoping that another project like this is done so that more persons on the Island can benefit”.Egbert Adams looking at his tank


UIEA President Miss Katrina Collins stated, that “This project is about improving the lives of the people on UnionIsland and its environment by providing an adequate water storage facility for clean water supply”. We have successfully completed the project which entailed a lot of work but the reward is seeing people lives enhanced, the water storage of the island is now up by 100, 000 gallons, stated Collins.


The UIEA is engaged in environmental friendly initiatives, recently they distributed reusable canvas shopping bags to residents this was done so that the use of plastic bags could be minimized. They also have an existing Leather Back Turtle Monitoring program on the Island.


Story By Stanton Gomes