From 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, June 3, (drinking water) and June 10 (wastewater), Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC) and RCAP Solutions will conduct online trainings, replacing the in-person workshop format in past years.
The purpose of these workshops, as it was in the previous editions in 2016, 2018 and 2019, is to continue the collaborative stakeholder network by gathering professionals in all fields of water and wastewater management to identify issues and practical solutions in the U. S. Virgin Islands.
These workshop and past workshops are supported through grants to CBCC and RCAP Solutions from the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, respectively. The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) is also co-sponsoring these events, and many of their professionals also will be participating.
There will be presentations on the following topics for commercial and residential systems:
Operation and maintenance solutions and best management practices
New technologies and improvements to existing technologies
Capital improvement projects and potential funding sources
Technical assistance, training and workforce development
Regulation information and updates
Monitoring and testing
Current research studies
Then, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 6, CBCC and RCAP Solutions will be hosting the Residential Drinking Water and Wastewater training for homeowners and property managers on St. John, covering topics such as operating, maintaining and testing residents’ home systems. Normally, these trainings are held in person, but they were moved to an online format due to the COVID-19 virus.
“We want to do everything we can to promote the health and wellness of people in the USVI, while still moving forward, so we decided to host these trainings online. CBCC has also been providing locally-made masks to the Coral Bay community to ensure that folks have the recommended facial coverings to enter business places, as well as return to work and open their businesses again.” said Rachel McKinley, CBCC’s project manager.
“The purpose of these workshops is to increase understanding of our systems in practice and assure they are operated in ways that are safe for people and our environment. There are many things we need [to] consider [to] keeping [sic] our community, family and selves healthy and safe. Adequate drinking water and wastewater treatment operation and maintenance are important practices that affect us all – virus or no virus,” said McKinley.
Space is limited to the first 50 people for each workshop; however, videos of the trainings will be available on the CBCC website afterwards. Anyone interested in participating in the online trainings can sign up at Professional Trainings or Residential Homeowner Training and at www.coralbaycommunitycouncil.org. Or people can call 776-2099 or email [email protected]. More information about the Coral Bay Community Council can be found at www.coralbaycommunitycouncil.org