Bahamas: The Water and Sewerage Corporation recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with IsraAID to develop and implement a Sustainable Groundwater Management Project (SGMP) in Abaco following the passage of Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
WSC Executive Chairman Hon signed the contract. Adrian Gibson, MP (and witnessed by WSC GM, Mr. Elwood Donaldson).
IsraAID is an Israel based non-governmental organization founded in 2001. Since its inception, it has worked in over 50 countries providing post-disaster assistance utilizing an extensive roster of Israeli and international experts.
During this project, IsraAID will be working closely with Corporation personnel to develop and implement a groundwater management system for Abaco utilizing a series of monitor wells equipped with sensors to provide data to a central Microsoft Access database that will guide our management of the Abaco aquifer system.
The project started in December 2020 and is expected to be completed by late 2021. The Corporation has identified staff from Abaco, along with New Providence, Andros, and other islands, to participate in this project with the view of expanding the project to other islands utilizing the skills and techniques acquired.
A similar project is being implemented in Grand Bahama involving the Grand Bahama Utility Company and IsraAID.
The long term goal is to ensure that our natural resources, in this case, groundwater, is appropriately and sustainably managed now and into the future for the benefit of all Bahamians and visitors to our shores.
The Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education, is proud of C.V. Bethel Senior High School’s agricultural program.
Not only did he harvest sweet potatoes from the school’s Pick N Pay farm during a recent visit, but he also purchased cabbage, celery, various other vegetables, eggs, and hot sauce.
“[It’s] very impressive. I had no idea the amount of the agricultural program at C.V. Bethel. I’m very proud,” said Minister Lloyd.
“I believe that is a symbol for other young people that this is no longer a back-breaking, pothole industry. When I was getting up, nobody wanted to go into agriculture. They saw it as hard work and not glamorous. They indeed were not interested because they didn’t know the profit in it. But today, it’s very lucrative.