Essay on The Island Of Spice By Christopher Columbus Grenada

1056 Words Nov 30th, 2014 5 Pages
Discovered in 1498 by Christopher Columbus Grenada is an island country in the southern Caribbean. Known as the “Island of Spice” Grenada is number ten on the list of smallest countries. The country is only 133 square miles with an estimated population of 110,000. Grenada has 26 water treatment facilities that chlorinated tap water for its residence. This island has attracted the tourism industry due to its exotic natural beauty and relies on tourism as its main source of foreign exchange particularly after the construction of the islands international airport in 1985. Hurricanes Ivan (2004) and Emily (2005) considerably damaged the agricultural portion - specifically the nutmeg and cocoa cultivation. Considering the damage of Grenada’s economic growth they have bounced back from the devastating effects of the hurricanes. One recurring problem is water purification, especially after heavy rains.
About 52 percent of the population receives private water service, 23 percent uses public standpipes, and 23 percent use rainwater catchments, private springs, streams or ponds. (Wikipedia). This makes the people on the island rely solely on bottle water for drinking and other uses. This process is not very environmentally savvy making it nearly impossible for freshwater use in other areas mainly agriculture and daily essential uses.
Due to growing periods of dry spells and the overuse of water this has diminished the ground water tables to go down immensely. This problem allows…

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