by Eulana Weekes
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Four former workers of the St Kitts Water Services Department were honoured for contributions to the island during a church service on Sunday, March 20 in commemoration of World Water Day. The service was held at the People’s Evangelistic Centre.
Mr. Cromwell Williams, Hydro-geologist and Acting Water Engineer at the St.Kitts Water Services Department said it is important that workers be recognized for their services.
“It’s not just the leaders and senior workers who are important, but every single employee in an organisation is important and ought to be recognised.”
Of the four awardees, two were unable to attend. However, Mr. Abraham Greaux and Mr. Cyril Elliott were present and received plaques, presented to them by the Deputy Prime Minister of St.Kitts and Nevis and Minister with responsibility for Public Infrastructure, the Hon Shawn K Richards.
Mr. Elliott was a Water Overseer in the district of Sandy Point, the first person who received a call whenever there was a water issue in that area. Mr. Greaux on the other hand was responsible for Building Maintenance, according to Williams.
The Hon Shawn K Richards highlighted the theme for World Water Day 2022, “Making the invisible visible” and reminded the congregation to conserve water.
Minister Richards explained that water comes with a cost, not just a cost to consumers, but also a cost to the Department by the use of electricity, diesel, and equipment, as well as the payment of workers, so it is important that water is conserved.
He added that the Government of St Kitts and Nevis has done its part in ensuring that water is affordable to citizens and residents.
“In terms of the cost in St Kitts and Nevis, the cost is heavily subsidised by the Government, so even if you think of it in that respect, that is really also part of the invisible because some of us do not appreciate all that it takes to bring the water to you.”
The Water Services Department organised a Calendar of Activities which are all geared towards water appreciation and conservation. The activities to come includes Customer Appreciation Day on Tuesday, March 22 at the Water Services Department Office, Needsmust Estate and a Radio show and Raffle prizes Giveaway at ZIZ on Wednesday at 10:30 am. There will be a walk to the Morne Peak’s Water Storage Tank on Friday, March 25 at 4:30 pm and a football match between the St Kitts Water Services Department and the Nevis Water Services Department on Saturday, March 26 at the Flow Grounds beginning at 3:00 pm.