Most people in Cumana, on the northeast coast of Trinidad, work in agriculture, fishing or move to other areas of the island to work for the sustenance of their families, but for this, they depend on quality water, not only to irrigate their crops but also to drink it.
Thanks to Dasani's Every Drop Matters, 1118 people will now be able to harvest rainwater and have water continuously. In addition, this initiative raises awareness among the population and offers courses to help them improve water quality in their own homes.
"We have two seasons, dry and rainy. In the dry season, contrary to what happens in other places, we have plenty of water. The problem comes with the rainy season”, explains Cornelius Phillip, former firefighter and vice president of Cumana.
During the rainy season, treatment plants and water entry systems stop working due to the turbidity of the rivers that feed the community’s main water supply plants. It may take up to 24 hours to restore service.
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By installing storage tanks and a rainwater collection system, designed and implemented trough a partnership between NIHERST and Aliarse , in the Community Center of Cumana, people can ensure their supply of quality water during the rainy and dry seasons.
The tank design is ready and adaptable. It has 3 filtering levels and it also includes our first purge system, which allows collecting the first rain that falls with dirt. By the time water reaches the tank, it is clean and safe to drink.
"When I was a child, we used to catch rainwater. My family put a galvanized pipe in a palm tree and we caught what we could. After the course, now I really know what it like to harvest rainwater”. Monica Bricks, community resident.
According to the community, the goal is to turn community center into a meeting place and shelter, open to all those who need to get water.
"We want this center to be an emergency shelter, too. Having a shelter without water is a big problem. We also want to harvest solar energy so that the water pump functions even if we do not have electricity,” Phillip added.