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  • A rainwater harvesting system, constructed at a cost of $3.6 million, was commissioned into service at the Aabuthnott Gallimore High School, in Alexandria, St. Ann, on March 28, by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill.
  • Funding for the facility, designed to assist the school community to overcome the severe water shortage, was provided by the Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL).
  • This is the third rainwater harvesting facility to be provided at a school by the RWSL, with two previously installed at the Chatsworth Primary and Maldon High Schools in St. James.

A rainwater harvesting system, constructed at a cost of $3.6 million, was commissioned into service at the Aabuthnott Gallimore High School, in Alexandria, St. Ann,  on March 28, by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill.

Funding for the facility, designed to assist the school community to overcome the severe water shortage, was provided by the Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL).

This is the third rainwater harvesting facility to be provided at a school by the RWSL, with two previously installed at the Chatsworth Primary and Maldon High Schools in St. James.

In his address, Mr. Pickersgill outlined the likely effects that climate change will have on fresh water sources worldwide, and emphasized the importance of the adoption of conservation methods locally.

“With climate change, we must change,” he emphasized, adding that as a people, “we need to take greater care of the water we now have, for it to be lasting to serve generations to come.”

“As such, we must stop wasting the water that we have, and try to conserve on our use of it.  We must also explore alternative means of collecting and storing water,” the Minister added.

The rainwater will be harvested from the concrete slab roofs and stored in two 4,000-gallon steel tanks, as well as an existing 100,000-gallon circular steel tank.

The system will help the school to eliminate the $500,000  that is usually spent yearly to purchase trucked water.

Mr. Pickersgill argued that as a nation, “we must start to consider our water resources more precious than oil, as it is an essential component for us to achieve our goals for sustainable development, and critical to our efforts to achieve the major Vision 2030 national development goal.”

Meanwhile, Minister of Education, Hon. the Rev. Ronald Thwaites,  emphasized the need for the country to utilize alternative energy sources, and find innovative ways “to provide for ourselves more than we have done in the past.”

He congratulated the school administration for implementing the project, adding that it will assist in fulfilling its role as the centre of human development within the community.