The ABC of BWA
?YESTERDAY WAS World Water Day, and students from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions had the opportunity to gain insights into the operations of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA).
Through a showcase in Queen’s Park, students from schools in The City area were educated about water conservation, sewage treatment and meter reading, among other topics.
They were also able to pose questions to BWA employees.
BWA’s acting manager of marketing communications Yvette Harris told the MIDWEEK NATION that the aim of the event was not only to educate the students about water, but also to give them an insight into the career opportunities at the authority.
“We are trying to let them see and appreciate what we do at the BWA,” she said.
“Most of our staff are not seen by the public. A lot of times when you turn the tap and water flows, that is the end of it for you.
“What actually goes into getting that water to you while ensuring that the quantity and the quality is correct is unknown to most people.
“There are people who ensure that the infrastructure is maintained and that you are billed accurately and appropriately at the right time . . .
“It is all about giving you somewhere to call us if you have a problem or if you just have a question, giving you the opportunity to learn about water.
“There is a lot which goes on behind the scene that the public is not aware of.”
After touring the showcase, seven-year-old Michael Williams from the People’s Cathedral Primary School said that he “learned a lot and saw a lot”.
“I learned about the water sewage treatment and how water is cleaned.
I also learned that I should not waste water because the water bill will go up,” he said. (AH)