Early morning, we woke up for another exciting day, discovering more and more about the Blue Economy in the South of Mauritius. First stop was to the largest reservoir that supplies water to the main areas on the island. The size of the reservoir left me speechless, I was more surprised when I was told the reservoir was approximately half full, thus me and my fellow mates made our way down to explore the biggest fresh water supply in Mauritius, we were all concerned when we noticed litter at the site, and took it upon ourselves to remove the litter and place it in the bin.
How is it connected to the blue economy? The source of the water is rainfall, and the source of rainfall is through evaporation of sea water, which results into cloud formation and thus rain. Although the water is fresh before it can be distributed to the houses similarly to Seychelles it needs to go through a thorough process of treatment to make sure it is safe to drink. The reservoir in Mauritius does not only provide water but fish as well. During our expedition we came across some locals on the rocks, with their fishing gears looking forward for a catch.
Water is crucial for living and we must take care of the different water supplies available to us.
Written by Nathalie Young.