On Sunday 15th April 2018, WASA’s Adopt A River Programme held a Consultation/Water Warriors Training with leaders from across the southern hydrometric zones. The session was hosted by the Sons of the Pioneers Scout troop, under the leadership of Mr. Anand Rameshwar-Singh.
The participants were from the following watersheds:
- South Oropouche
- Rest South
The leaders were given a brief introduction to the Programme and its objectives before being presented with the Adopt A River Community-Based Training Manual which includes the ten water facts, watershed management, and an introduction to water quality parameters such as Nitrates, pH, and Turbidity.
The consultation aspect of the day’s proceedings began with a summary introduction by Dr. Sharda Mahabir on the many environmental issues faced by leaders in their respective watersheds. The leaders were asked to present to the Adopt A River team what project ideas they may have in order to solve these issues. Problems in the respective watersheds included flooding, improper waste disposal, water supply shortages and deforestation.
Following lunch, the leaders were exposed to the process of collecting water samples via the bucket-and-rope process, and the use of the La Motte Testing kit which uses colorimetric tests to analyze water samples. The leaders were exposed to new games that they can use to teach watershed management and introduced to the Adopt A River Hydro Shield badge.