Water-scarce Grenadians will soon get some relief through a Green Climate Fund (GCF)-approved project to be launched next year that will make Grenada’s water sector more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Currently, several households in the 134-square mile island in the Eastern Caribbean find themselves unable to pursue activities at their leisure because of water constraints.
“At certain times of the year people have to reach home at a particular time to fill water containers for use,” said Titus Antoine, acting head of the Economic and Technical Cooperation Department in Grenada.
He told IPS that while some communities in Grenada have a “good, consistent flow of water,” others, particularly in the southern tip of the island where residential and tourism accommodation density are high, suffer “a general shortage”.
That part of the island is the most “water starved”, Antoine said, “because of the erratic rainfall, limited water storage and the high demand when the tourism sector sometimes competes with residential demand.”
The Climate Resilience in Grenada’s Water Sector (G-Crews) project, whose US$42- million budget will be mostly met by the US$35-million grant from the GCF, is designed to tackle water issues brought about by climate change.