Blairwood Academy students receive an education in wastewater management
As part of its long-standing commitment to the growth and development of young people, the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) has developed and maintained programs dedicated to helping young people recognize the linkages between their everyday activities and water. Through such programs, the corporation has worked to provide exposure to the various career opportunities that exist within the field.
“There are so many opportunities available to Bahamians who are interested in this field,” said Ramon Bain, WSC graduate engineer, Sewerage Department. “From engineering roles, like mine, to environmental health, plumbers, electricians and welders, we truly hire a gamut of individuals who all play very important roles in ensuring that this facility is able to run efficiently,” he explained.
Recently, students from Blairwood Academy became the latest to benefit from the knowledge and expertise available at the corporation. The group visited the corporation’s wastewater facilities at Airport Industrial Park, where they were given a first-hand look at the processes used to treat and safely dispose of wastewater in an environmentally friendly way.
Globally, it is estimated that up to 663 million people are living without safe water supply, making the treatment and use of wastewater crucial to water conservation efforts. Without the use of treatment facilities like WSC’s wastewater plant, thousands of gallons of wastewater would otherwise be allowed to pollute precious drinking water resources.
“The corporation continues to facilitate requests from schools that would like to visit our plants to assist with demonstrating practically to students what they learn in theory in the classroom. We see this as our way of playing a vital role in the education of our young people,” said Visna Armbrister, WSC public affairs manager.