In the wider Caribbean region, only less than 10% of domestic waste-water from the wider public is treated in any centralized treatment plant. This situation is due to the lack of country's regulations that require the control of waste-water. Businesses and academic institutions account for the 10% of waste-water treated.

These institutions are driven by competitiveness in their business sector. However, the level of operations and maintenance to ensure a required quality effluent at these decentralized plants is questionable as there are seldom regulatory monitoring systems for effluent and penalties are inexistent.

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The Sixteenth Inter-American Water Day was celebrated on Saturday 4 October 2008 with the theme being “Safer Water, Better Health” The organizing committee consisted of the Caribbean Water and Waste Water Association (CWWA), the Water and Sewerage Authority and the Pan American Health Organization.


This year the talent displayed by the young competitors proved once again to be of high standards, thus making judging quite difficult. This resulted in the distribution of tied place winners as well as special prizes to those who could not be placed but still were deserving of an award. The Prize Giving Ceremony took place at WASA’s Public Education Centre (PEC), where the pupils as well as their proud parents and teachers attended. The Ceremony culminated with the first place winners giving vivid renditions of their written or calypso/rap pieces.

IAWD 2008-Winner

Zachary Subran-Ganesh of Presentation College Chaguanas
receives the CWWA Challenge Trophy for BEST OVERALL WINNER

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Creative Art Competition

The Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) recently held its 2nd Annual Creative Art competition in its continued Public Awareness Campaign “How do my actions affect the environment?” The theme of this years Creative Art Competition was Coping with Water Scarcity. This theme is in line with the UN Water global thematic initiatives.

Participants in this year’s competition were asked to design portrayals (on kites of varying sizes) of different methods, which can be employed to conserve water in three areas – Domestic Usage, Agricultural Usage and Industrial Usage.

Entries were received in the 11 – 15; 19 – 25 year old and Open age Group categories. The portrayals reassured the judges of the untapped talent existing within the youth population and also indicated that many people were interested in learning about ways to conserve water. This was especially important since this year has proven to provide the greatest challenge for water supply.


Portrayals were judged based on Creativity, Visual Impact, Design, Relevance to Theme and Message.

The category winners in the 11 – 15 year old category were – Romario Reyes, Anya Reyes and Luke Silva respectively. In the 19 – 25 year old category the winners were Sherwin Bertrand, Akeia Francis and Shirley Ann Wellington. The winning group portrayal came from the Central Region of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

The CWWA takes this opportunity to congratulate all the participants for their interest in the competition and further recognise the category winners.

Honourable Pennelope Beckles Minister of Public Utilities and the Environment with winners of the 2nd Annual “ How do my actions affect the environment?” Creative Art Competition – under the theme Coping with Water Scarcity.

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The Fifteenth Inter-American Water Day was celebrated on Saturday 6 October, 2007. The theme was “Coping with Water Scarcity”. The organizing committee consisted of the Caribbean Water and Waste Water Association (CWWA), the Water and Sewerage Authority Trinidad and Tobago and the Pan American Health Organization, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.


The competition was judged in three areas:


CWWA Secretary Mr. Wayne Williams – Hands over the CWWA Challenge Trophy to the overall winner Christophe Hosein.