Project

3R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) for Climate Resilience Wastewater Systems in Barbados

Groups Involved

Water and Wastewater, Infrastructure Development

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Project Execution

Highlights:

  • Completing the conceptual design to upgrade the two wastewater treatment facilities in Barbados (the Bridgetown & South Coast Wastewater Treatment Plants) to tertiary levels in order to improve the infrastructures resiliency towards climate change and use the treated water for irrigation purposes as well as to recharge the existing aquifer.
  • Preliminary geotechnical investigation, a preliminary social and environmental assessment, creating a baseline study, feasibility study and conceptual designs for the upgrades mentioned. It will also involve a thorough Stakeholder Engagement, Gender Analysis and Action Plan component.

ESG Project Benefits:

  • This project has the ability to revitalize the Barbados potable water supply, one of the 15 most water stressed countries worldwide (PAHO 2012), and be the true solution to water scarcity in this country. By treating reclaimed water from the WWTP to tertiary levels, this project de-stresses the agriculture sector, which uses the most water in Barbados. This translates to more potable water available throughout the country for such purposes as fresh drinking water and cooking.
  • This project contributes Barbados’ goal to be independent of fossil fuels by producing electricity by 2030. This is accomplished through inclusion of integrated solar power as well as burning methane to produce electricity.
  • This project includes a full Gender Analysis and Action Plan to examine and reduce inequalities between all genders.
  • Infrastructure that improves the general availability of freshwater provides a huge quality-of-life boost to the people of Barbados, improving general hygiene, health and well-being, and reduces the need to obtain this critical resource by more expensive means.
  • Improved Infrastructure resiliency towards climate change and use the treated water for irrigation purposes as well as to recharge the existing aquifer. Reusing sewage that would otherwise be discharged into the ocean, significantly improving the marine environment.
  • By increasing local grown foods and reducing import requirements through increased availability of potable water, this projects stimulates economic development and job creation.