- Context, Approach and Objectives
In Saint Lucia, the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) aims to improve water security in the south of the island, which experiences repeated periods of water scarcity due to a lack of water storage infrastructure.
The Saint Lucia Water Stewardship Partnership has set out to identify short-term measures which seek to improve water security, to collectively secure sustainable water supply for communities and industries in the long-run and to actively seek the engagement of water users, including communities, organisations and industry.
IWaSP is currently working on a number of potential partnerships on the island, with a focus on improving continuous water supply.
For starters, the provision of extra water storage facilities (like tanks) is prioritised and is done in cooperation with the national Water & Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) and Windward & Leeward Brewery Ltd, part of the Heineken company, from the beverage industry. This joint approach provides increased resilience to the adverse effects of climate change. This partnership also raises awareness of the need for collective action regarding water stewardship in Saint Lucia.
IWaSP Partnerships in Saint Lucia
Sector/ thematic area
Saint Lucia Water Stewardship Partnership (SLWaSP)
Water Storage Capacity, Water Infrastructure
2015 to 2018
- Achievements to Date
IWaSP commenced work in Saint Lucia in 2014. During early 2015 a cooperation agreement was concluded with Windward & Leeward Brewery to jointly provide extra water storage facilities to benefit local communities in and around Vieux Fort in the south of Saint Lucia.
During July 2015 a letter of intent was signed by IWaSP, Windward & Leeward Brewery and WASCO, followed by the conclusion of two financing agreements by the end of 2015. A business case has been developed which anticipates the development of extra water storage capacities and supply systems in up to three remote villages.
WASCO has also launched an international tender process for the provision of the first large tank under the partnership agreement and implementation is anticipated to conclude by mid-2016.
- Challenges and Outlook
Despite adequate total rainfall for household, agricultural, commercial and other uses, there is not enough water storage capacity and associated water infrastructure to safeguard adequate supplies of drinking water throughout the year.
Investments in treated water storage facilities and other forms of infrastructure for vulnerable rural communities are critically needed to enhance climate resilience and to improve water security. Hence, discussions are on-going with further potential partners from the private sector, most prominently the Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association (SLHTA) which has declared 2016 the ‘Year of the Environment’ to highlight the importance of its members acting to conserve the island’s fragile ecosystems for the long-term benefit of Saint Lucia.
- Country Set-up
In Saint Lucia, IWaSP is anchored in the regional Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) programme, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
IWaSP partners in this region include the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, WASCO and the Windward & Leeward
Brewery Ltd. (Heineken).
IWaSP is an international water security programme which combines global best practice in water stewardship with local know-how. Currently active in seven countries, the six-year programme (2013-2018) facilitates partnerships between the public sector, the private sector and civil society to address shared water risks, while improving stakeholders’ use and management of water and building their capacity to develop their own solutions. GIZ manages IWaSP on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the UK Department for International Development (DfID).
- Further Information on Saint Lucia’s Water Resources
Saint Lucia is a Small Island Development State (SIDS) in the eastern Caribbean (Lesser Antilles). It belongs to both the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Saint Lucia has a population of approximately 200,000 people.
The small and rugged island experiences periods of flooding and drought, which results in periodic water shortages and times of poor water quality. This is expected to worsen due to increasing water demands and the adverse effects of climate change. Action by all is needed to meet both short-term water demands and long-term water security.
In October 2010, Hurricane Tomas severely damaged the then-existing water storage systems on the island. The floods triggered by torrential rains unleashed by the unseasonal low-level trough system on Christmas Eve 2013 had similar effects. Furthermore, predictions by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology suggest that extreme weather conditions are bound to intensify due to climate change.
- Contact Information
The local IWaSP office is operational
Commencement of a water security project with Windward & Leeward Brewery Ltd, part of the Heineken company, and the establishment of the partnership
The expected impact of the current partnership is to secure sustainable water supply for communities and industries on the island