Roundup: CDB water sector study, St Thomas desal plants, MMAyA irrigation works

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Caribbean Development Bank's (CDB) board of directors has approved US$275,000 to finance a study to assess the state of the water sector in all of the bank's borrowing member countries, with the exception of Haiti.

The study will evaluate the major development challenges currently facing the water sector in the Caribbean, which are significant and are likely to be exacerbated by risks associated with climate change, CDB said in a release.

The results of the study will help CBD to develop policies and strategies to improve the water sector in the bank's borrowing member countries.

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St Thomas' Randolph E Harley power plant has received three reverse osmosis desalination units to help alleviate existing water shortages on the island.

Three additional temporary plants are scheduled to arrive by December 14, making for total output of 5.68Ml/d. The units will help bridge the gap until a permanent reverse osmosis system is installed, by the end of 2012.

Seven Seas Water Corporation will install, operate and maintain the reverse osmosis water system for 12 months, according to a release from the Virgin Islands water and power authority.


Bolivia's environment and water ministry (MMAyA) has kicked off construction on several rural irrigation projects in departments Oruro and La Paz worth a combined 7mn bolivianos (US$1mn).

The projects will expand irrigation to 136ha in Challapata, 96ha in Jocopampa and 51ha in Sapahaqui, according to an MMAyA release.