GWP Caribbean together with its partner the Water Resources Agency (WRA) has established a Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) system within the Fondes Amandes community in St. Ann’s Trinidad. The RWH system is patterned after a system based on best practices. The installation of the system is part of GWP Caribbean’s contribution to the project Water for Life: The Trinidad and Tobago Initiative.
What’s distinctive about the system is that it has a strong focus on water quality and sanitation as it includes a first-flush diverter. The first-flush diverter is part of the downpipe configured to remove the initial wash off the roof so it does not enter the water tank.
The Fondes Amandes Community Re-Forestation Project (FACRP), a partner organisation of the GWP Caribbean located in the St. Ann’s area is the chosen site for RWH system. The FACRP is a community based agro-forestry project which was started in 1982 by a group of farmers living in the Fondes Amandes Watershed who set out to halt the degradation of the watershed by practicing agro-forestry activities.
The building process to establish the RWH system got fully underway within the first half of the year, and some members of the Fondes Amandes community were included in the installation process. They were exposed to all the necessary material needed to build the system; how to determine a suitable location for installation; as well as how to install the tank and water level indicator; among other areas.
The Water for Life: The Trinidad and Tobago Initiative was launched in Trinidad in 2009 with the aim to deliver safe drinking water systems to school children and rural communities. The overall project is funded by a three-year renewable grant for USD $300,000 from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Blue Water Project.