Monday 19 November, 2018

BWA seeking to become 'best utility company'

(L-R) Keithroy Halliday, General Manager, BWA; Dr. Atlee Brathwaite-Chairman, BWA and Dr. Maya Trotz - Assoc. Professor, University of South Florida.

(L-R) Keithroy Halliday, General Manager, BWA; Dr. Atlee Brathwaite-Chairman, BWA and Dr. Maya Trotz - Assoc. Professor, University of South Florida.

The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, United States of America have formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  

This MOU was initiated several months ago by the management team and formally endorsed by the Board of Directors albeit general collaboration amongst the three organizations, BWA, USF and the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, on climate change adaptation projects began in September 2015. The BWA signed the agreement specifically with the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Anthropology Departments in the Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences. 

This MOU is to officially recognize the interest in the fields of education, research, training & development and dissemination of knowledge. In addition, the MOU highlights the importance of higher education institutions in promoting international collaboration and meaningfully merging the best of academic prowess and engineering application and practical operations on the ground. At this juncture, as we are impacted by the variability of climate change, there will be an increasing need for the partnership between Industry and Academia. 

General Manager of the BWA, Keithroy Halliday said the MOU is a significant step for the BWA and allows the company to form a closer link between academic learning and field work.  

"The BWA is trying to be the best utility company of the future. These are part of the entire strategy we have taken to prepare the BWA and Barbados for climate change resilience and adaptability." 

BWA Chairman Dr. Atlee Brathwaite said the problems of water shortages affecting the island, especially in the rural areas, will be addressed with the work being done with the University and provide "additional expertise to engineers".  

Dr. Maya A. Trotz is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at USF, Tampa and has been very active in this initiative and collaborated on the recently funded GCF proposal. Dr. Trotz currently directs an National Science Foundation funded National Research Traineeship program on Systems Training for Research on Food, Energy and Water Systems with project partners in Belize, Barbados, and the US Virgin Islands.