The Association of Boards of Certification Donation to Operators Without Borders Funds Deployment of Water and Wastewater Operators to the Bahamas
The very first deployment for OWB was to Dominica in 2017 after Hurricanes Irma and Maria which was undertaken by Canadian Operators.
The most recent deployment was in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas where parts of Grand Bahamas and the main city in Abaco - Marsh Harbour - were wiped out. An initial deployment team put together a schedule for the teams that followed. In all, five teams were deployed giving a total of 17 weeks of volunteer time.
For this effort, the Canadian team was joined by US volunteers, and the teams assisted local utilities in conducting on-going sampling at wells for salinity, helped the geologists and hydrologists locate new water sources, worked with other NGOs to build and maintain emergency reverse osmosis systems, cleaned up work sites made unsafe by the hurricane damage, and advised and assisted in other areas as requested.
The work of these teams would not have been possible without the generous donation of USD5,000 from the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC). As the key North American organization that offers a voluntary certification program for water and wastewater Operators, ABC is in a unique position to provide support and promote its important work that helps protect public health and the environment.
"Many countries are challenged in providing their people with safe water and wastewater management, especially in post-disaster situations. By funding certified Operators from Canada and the US to help build, install, and maintain their systems, we can achieve that basic need. Through education and hands-on demonstration, even the most desperate and struggling country can begin to provide clean water and wastewater treatment to its people. Operators Without Borders provides the necessary help to accomplish that goal and can bring a future to those in desperate need of safe water and wastewater management."
"It is important for water professionals to get involved and share their knowledge, skills, and training. Water and wastewater services are vital to human life and basic needs. Trained professionals are a necessity in this field of work." – Todd Saums, Certified Operator, Northwestern Water and Sewer District (Bowling Green, Ohio).
The OWB Board is incredibly grateful to all the volunteer Operators who give so selflessly of their time, and the ABC for making it possible for the volunteers to be deployed on missions. Together, these efforts have made a difference to the well-being of thousands.
Page Updated Last on: Feb 10, 2020