Basseterre, St.Kitts (November 27th, 2018):- Basseterre High School (BHS), will be located downstream the Basseterre Aquifer. However, plans are being discussed to move the wells further upstream.
The Basseterre watershed spans over 5000 acres of land, which starts from the Ottley’s mountains in the west to the Canada hills in the northeast to the Conaree hills in the east.
Where the school is going to be located is referred to as the downstream, that is, the wellfield, but the water comes from all the way up from the watershed and it percolates underground though our high porous soil. When it is saturated, it flows into the sea water.
According to Water Management Engineer, Denison Paul, a Tertiary Water Treatment plant will be put in place to further mitigate the slim chance of contamination of the water by the school. It will be the only one of its kind in St. Kitts.
The plant will essentially move everything out of the water, which cannot be seen. That water would be of a much higher quality than the water presently discharged into the ocean.
“The water that would be discharged to the sea is water that is of much higher quality than rain water that falls down the drain and flows to the sea or even the gray water that comes from your bathroom and sink that eventually flows to the sea sometimes through College Street Ghaut,” explained Mr. Paul.
He said that the habitation and management of the Basseterre Valley will have a protection measure for the underlying aquifer, thanks to Ocean Earth Technologies.
The issue of possible aquifer contamination from the BHS School will be “nonexistent” once the wells are moved further upstream. Additionally the water treatment plant will virtually eliminate any chance of contamination.