Rainwater – A Ready Resource When Available

While attending a recent symposium I was pleased to see that the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C), advocated the use of rainwater through rainwater harvesting.

Although, many persons may have ideas of archaic structures and models for rainwater harvesting, organizations such as the Global Water Partnership- Caribbean (GWP-C) have made it their business to inform persons about the benefits of rainwater harvesting, which is not only about maintaining a ready supply but also ensuring the sustainability of the watersheds.

Persons wishing to learn more about rainwater harvesting from GWP-C, can either check out their Rainwater Harvesting Model at the following link Rainwater Harvesting Model or collect the relevant information provided in their Rainwater Harvesting Toolbox at Rainwater Harvesting Toolbox .

Forester Media recently provided me with a free report on “Conserving Water With Rainwater Harvesting: Preventing Pollution with Green Infrastructure”. The basis of this document is to apply a watershed approach to rain and stormwater. As such, the document discusses the capture of rainwater for on-site use, as well as, green infrastructure that makes it possible to return rain and stormwater to the soil and into groundwater.

This document is a short one at 9 pages and provides a clear, succinct way for persons to gather relevant information on the topic.

Additionally, one is also provided with links to allow for further reading.

Persons wishing to view this document can either send me an email or visit me at my desk. 🙂

Water Efficiency – Journal for Water Resource Management

Ok folks, I have some great news. We are now recipients of a new digital journal through Forester Media.

The present issue for July/August 2015 Volume 10 Number 5, provides information on topics that would be of great interest us at the Agency.

For instance, one may find articles on topics such as keeping water cleaned and contained, water reuse, IT for water utilities, metering and AMI, integrated water resources, green infrastructure and rainwater harvesting.

Also, if you’ve got a book to publish Forester Press is seeking book proposals, so interested persons could take a look at the requirements and who knows – you may soon be a published author.

The showcase section of the book, also highlights relevant equipment in terms of metering, leak detection, water level sensors etc.

So those of you interested in viewing this journal or back issues can either send me an email or check me at my desk. 🙂

Water Efficiency July August 2015
Water Efficiency July August 2015

GWP-C “SWAG”

At the second day of the Integrated Water Resources Research Symposium, I was able to visit the booths set up by ODPM and Global Water Partnership Caribbean (GWP-C).

After a very interesting video on rainwater harvesting by GWP-C, I was very interested in visiting the booth to view what they had to offer. Imagine my glee when I saw they were distributing a unique flashdrive, similar to the one given at the symposium by the organizers, with loads of information.

GWP- C Flash drive
GWP- C Flash drive

Thus, since that information is now available to me, members of staff would now be able to access the information to satisfy their information requests.

To gather an idea of the documents now available persons may peruse the list provided below:

  1. Climate Change and the Caribbean: A Regional Framework for Achieving Development
    Resilient to Climate Change (2009-2015) – Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) – July 2009
  2. Delivering Transformational Change 2011-21 – Implementing the CARICOM ‘Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change’ – March 2012 – Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)
  3. Regional Framework Executive Summary – ‘Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change’ – March 2012 – Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)
  4. Sustainability of Integrated Water Resources Management Initiatives in the Caribbean – 2015 -GWP-C
  5. Technical Focus Paper -Integrated water resources management in the Caribbean:The challenges facing Small Island Developing States – 2014 – GWP-C (available in print as well)
  6. Commercial Scale RWH Case Studies from the Barbados Experience – by Andrew P. Hutchinson – October, 2014
  7. Water safety and Rainwater Harvesting – Dr. Christopher Cox- October, 2014
  8. An Overview of Rainwater Harvesting Initiatives in Agriculture – L.M Fletcher-Paul – FAO
  9. GWP-C Rainwater Harvesting initiatives and the GWP-C Water Climate and Development Programme(WACDEP) – Natalie Boodram
  10. The U.S. Virgin Islands Water Harvesting Experience – Henry H. Smith
  11. Rainwater Harvesting in the Mediterranean Islands: cases and lessons learned – Konstantina Toli
  12. Rainwater harversting projects in Central America – Marta Cecilia Estrada and Rhona Díaz
  13. Rainwater Harvesting in the Amazon – (GPAC Amazon)
  14. Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change:A Sourcebook for the Caribbean Water Sector – GWP-C- 2014
  15. Water Security and Climate Resilient Development – Technical Background Document AMCOW – 2012
  16. South-South Learning Event on Water Security and Climate Resilient Development Collaboration between Global Water Partnership Africa and Caribbean Regions – GWP-C and GWP – Africa