With further hurricanes and tropical storms forecasted, Operators Without Borders is ready to send volunteers to rebuild water and wastewater infrastructure. In addition, the Caribbean has dedicated and willing operators, but often a lack of resources limits their exposure to technologies and training. Operators Without Borders aims to assist in sending volunteers in work alongside their counterparts teaching and mentoring to allow utilities to operate in a more effective and efficient manner. We support water and wastewater utilities in the Caribbean region. If you are a water or wastewater utility or National Government or Ministry with responsibility for water and wastewater utility services you may apply for assistance.
Our Primary Services
- Post-disaster recovery for water and wastewater utilities
- Mentoring and training Caribbean utility Operators
- Providing recycled equipment
Project Name: Operators Without Borders works in conjunction with the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency (CDEMA)
Scope: The first contingent of Operators Without Borders went to Dominica in 2017. Jason Mank, Marcel Misuraca and Glen Ketchum made a huge difference in the lives of the residents there. During their two week assignment, they helped restore water service to three villages as well as getting the wastewater treatment plant up and running.
Available for Disaster Response
Operators Without Borders has over 35 senior, certified operators, who are willing to volunteer in disaster situations. They work alongside their Caribbean utility counterparts in restoring treatment plants and networks. There is no labor cost to the utility and we try to raise funds to cover airfare. The utility is only responsible for providing accommodation and meals. The volunteers come in teams and work for a minimum of two week period.
Caribbean Disaster recovery; utility disaster assistance; mentoring; water operator training