Water is life, and this week we celebrate life in its entirety. We wish to engulf you in the Caribbean’s Waters – wetting your appetite for adventure. In the region, we are undeniably wet with untouched springs, sprouting waterfalls, and rivers which accentuate the region’s rich biodiversity. Dominica is the isle of many rivers – 365. Many tales from Dominica reveal that each river was closely linked to a day in the calendar year – a day when families gather for rural, rustic adventures. Dominica is also home to majestic waterfalls and some of the most unique landforms. It is, therefore, no accident that the nature isle is one of the region’s major producers of bottled water.
Martinique and Guadeloupe do not possess as many water bodies as Dominica. The mountainous terrain of these French islands has given birth to numerous small rivers and streams; water collection souvenirs which feed the dense, lush vegetation of these islands. While the Water Industries in Martinique and Guadeloupe remain modest in their economic and industrial stature, Dominica’s industry flourishes in an environment which places emphasis on sustainable development.
Is there any benefit to placing water in labelled bottles? Perhaps, one may not grasp the affluence in such a process but bottled water undoubtedly contributes to the local economy. One of the most recognised benefits is the opening of the doors of entrepreneurship. The ripple effect… job creation, and opportunities to source new markets.
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd every year. If you’re in Dominica during that time “adopt a dive”. This initiative is organised by SALT Dominica. Along with this event, the grouping has also organized a beach cleanup and a Dive-against-Debris Campaign. This Earth Day – Get Involved!
Management of water and aquatic environments in Guadeloupe is very delicate. Out of the 32 rivers in Guadeloupe, 29 are used for the production of drinking water. Potable water in Guadeloupe is made available via surface water, groundwater and seawater desalination. In the name of green tourism and natural areas, the General Council in partnership with the National Parks invested some 400,000euros in initiatives which seek to improve of over 40 hiking trails in different communities. Partner with the guidebook “Trekking Guide” found on ports of embarkation and promote the discovery of natural sites within the archipelago. If “island hopping” takes you to Dominica, take some time to enjoy the cool waters of the rural rivers. After your encounter with the cool life-giving spring, take a trip to Grand Soufriere Sulphur Springs where healing waters soothe all ailments – physical or psychological. Take a friend and enjoy the act of healing – West Indian style! In Martinique, we invite you to take a drive on Route de la Trace – known locally as the island’s most scenic drive. Enjoy the curvy terrain up a winding road with a panoramic view of Martinique’s landscape.
Historical note! According to Office de L’eau (of water) Guadeloupe only 12 communes are licensed to provide potable water to the public. Get to know your neighbours!
A bit of the French for the Visitor
L’eau potable/Potable water
I am thirsty
Une boisson gazeuse
A hot chocolate
Un chocolat chaud
Eau du robinet
Le thé glacé
Un citron pressé