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Students, householders taught how to be water smart

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Onyka Barrett Scott (right), general manager for JN Foundation and Anaitee Mills, consultant, Climate Change Sustainable Division at the Inter-American Development Bank, examine a converted keg being shown by Jovan Evans of Aquaflow Products and Services at the Water Tech-Fest.

As water lock-offs become more frequent due to longer dry-spells brought on by climate change, several students and householders were taught how to become 'water smart' at the recently held Water Tech-Fest exhibition.

The water tech-fest was held at JN Bank’s Half-Way-Tree branch, in observation of World Water Day on March 22, under the theme: 'Leaving No One behind'.

Those who attended the event, organised by Water Project Jamaica, were taught how to install water saving devices and practice water-saving measures at home.

Onyka Barrett Scott, general manager of JN Foundation, administrator of Water Project Jamaica, said the main objective of the exhibition was to sensitise members of the public and encourage them to play a proactive role in being “water smart”.

“This project helps us to see simple and practical things we can do on a daily basis, to reduce the amount of water we use in our homes; and if we can do that, then we will manage the resource better. Hence, the aim of the exhibition was to give patrons the opportunity to test various devices they can use in their homes or businesses and to help them become familiar with some of the suppliers in the space,” she said.

“It was an informative exhibition. I learned how to conserve water at home and at school,” said Jhardine Daley, a student from Ardenne High School, who viewed the exhibition with his teachers and peers.

Jane Dennis, a JN Member, found the exhibition very interesting, especially the display mounted by AquaFlow, which demonstrated how customised water bottles and kegs, which were converted with spouts, would come in handy during water shortage and lock offs.

“The displays were very interesting. I learned how to conserve water and to detect leaks at home. The conversion of kegs with spouts was also useful,” she said. “The Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) display was very applicable, as they gave me ideas about how to get my products checked at the SRC. I have a cosmetic business, and have developed my own line of products,” Miss Dennis related.

Exhibitors at the event included: Instant Save, JN Small Business Loan, Isratech, SRC and Aqua Flow Products and Services.

Water Project Jamaica, which commenced in March 2017, is a four-year collaboration between the JN Foundation, JN Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Climate Investment Funds and the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience.

The project was designed to address water management issues primarily related to climate change.

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