(ZIZ News) — On Tuesday St. Kitts and Nevis will be joining other countries across the globe in commemorating World Water Day.
The theme this year is “Water and Jobs”
Minister of Public Infrastructure, the Hon Ian Liburd launched a series of activities with a national address focusing on the theme noting that water is more than just essential to quenching our thirst or protecting our health.
He said is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.
“The hotels need water not only to cook, clean and wash but also to maintain the positive visitor experience to our destination. The cruise sector needs the flow of good quality water to the many cruise liners that converge in our shores. It is estimated that we will welcome over one million cruise visitors for the 2015-2016 Season. The nexus between water, tourism and jobs cannot therefore be clearer,” he said.
Among the activities planned to mark the day will be the presentation of a fleet of vehicles to the Water Services Department.
The minister said “This will include a vehicle donated by the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis. These vehicles will replace the derelict fleet that for many years negatively impacted staff response times and presented occupational health and safety risks for our workers. My Ministry is therefore proud that it has fulfilled this commitment to improve the conditions under which the Water Service Department’s employees are now transported to their various work sites.”
The handing-over ceremony takes place on Tuesday.