JIS News

A project to recycle used water for lawn and garden purposes is to be implemented by the Jamaica 4-H Clubs at their Denbigh 4-H centre in Clarendon.
The project is being funded by the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ), at a cost of some $1.8 million, for which approval has already been given.”The project, I believe, is a very good one. It will help us to reduce our water bills and all utility bills on a whole, and it will also help us to train our young people,” Denbigh 4-H Centre Manager, Andre Anderson, told JIS News.
He explained that the project involved collecting all the water from the roofs and the bathroom drains, excluding solid waste water, and filtering and storing it in a 75,000-litre (20,000-gallon) plastic tank, which would be constructed underground. The water would be pumped into special lines designated for the irrigation of the lawns, the greenhouse and an organic plot, he added.
Mr. Anderson also pointed out that the centre would be establishing a modern type composting project, using California earthworms to break down the material in the compost. The compost would be used on the organic plants to improve the fertility of the soil as well as reduce the need for, and the cost of fertilizer.
“The Denbigh centre is also very active during the national Denbigh Agricultural Show and so the centre is very heavily used and we believe it is an opportunity to show other persons, how they can actually reduce solid waste pile-up at their homes and also re-use waste to make valuable materials,” he said.
“I have to say thanks to the EFJ most profoundly for accepting to partner with us,” he said.
The project which was written in April 2005 and approved in December is expected to commence by February 27, 2006.
Mr. Anderson also noted that the EFJ had provided funding of nearly $400,000 to set up a fertigation system at their Warminster Centre in St. Elizabeth.
“The idea is to use the effluent or manure from the goat house at the centre and put it into a system where it will dissolve. The water which we hope will contain the nutrients will then be passed through a drip irrigation system to fertilise a four-acre peanut plot that currently exists,” Mr. Anderson said.