September 16, 2019
 In Articles

Environmental Programme

Access to Water 

Trinidad and Tobago 

Megan Hearn 

Forest Hills Eastern

Water is the most important and prominent resource in sustaining ecosystems. Global access to clean water can reduce illness and death from diseases. Without clean drinking water, people fall ill with diseases such as typhoid, cholera, and dysentery. Safe drinking water is absolutely crucial to improving the health and lives of citizens. Having access to safe water domestically improves the nation’s economic growth and reduces poverty rates greatly. Inadequate management of waste can result in water pollution.The United Nations needs to improve lives globally, and the first step in doing so is to improve water sources for all.


Trinidad and Tobago have been striving to improve water sources to all. It is very important to improve the lives of those that live and visit Trinidad and Tobago, and water is the first step to providing a safe environment. Trinidad and Tobago have had issues with water sanitation in the past. Trinidad and Tobago gained independence in 1962, being a newer nation have had its ups and downs regarding access to water. Trinidad and Tobago created WASA (Water and Sewage Authority) three years after becoming a free nation. The goal is to ensure clean water to all citizens and visitors. The Water Resources Agency (WRA) of Trinidad and Tobago was created to collect data on the cleanliness of the nation’s water. Each water source is thoroughly observed for the measurement of quality and quantity. To avoid chaos during possible droughts, the WRA issues a water abstraction license. This license allows limitations to the amount and use of the water, giving the WRA a better understanding of who has access.


Trinidad and Tobago propose that the United Nations urges all countries to improve water sources. It is important for the health and safety of all human beings. This issue should not be taken lightly, lives are at risk. Internationally, everyone should have access to a safe water source. All nations should create a program similar to WASA to ensure citizens and visitors that they will have access to clean water. Observing who is given access to the water and the cleanliness of it is pivotal to ensure that the water is safe. As pollution continues to disrupt the clean water sources we need to continue to observe and develop technology.

  • Megan Hearn