(Tampa, Fla.) – Seven Seas Water Group, a multi-national provider of Water-as-a-Service® (“WaaS®”) solutions, today announced that it has successfully initiated the scholarship fund, Desalination Resource Development Program (DRDP). With the cooperation of the Sint Maarten Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley, and Seven Seas Water Group Director, Franklyn Richards, the agreement will provide scholarships and internships for Sint Maarteners.
The program was created to provide local students and water professionals with the resources needed to gain knowledge of the water industry and build local capacity for increased water management autonomy.
“We are extremely proud to launch this developmental program and further invest in the community,” says Henry Charrabé, CEO of Seven Seas Water Group. “Our company and the government of Sint Maarten share the same vision of growing and supporting local capacity by investing in the people. We look forward to executing the operational plan and opening registration to the citizens.”
“One of my main goals as minister is to strengthen our local capacity; it is the best investment we can make. We cannot continue to build our country if we do not build our people. I would like to thank Seven Seas for their support in launching this fund,” says Minister Omar Ottley.
“I am thrilled to introduce the Desalination Resource Development Program and have enjoyed working with Minister Ottley on this initiative,” says Franklyn Richards, Director of Seven Seas Water Group. “The DRDP has the potential to really enhance the future of many young professionals in Sint Maarten. I look forward to its success and implementing similar programs in other communities we serve.”
• Operational plan and details to be executed within the next 120 days
• Internships will be available at Seven Seas Water Group and GEBE
• Donations will be provided to secondary and tertiary educational facilities to enhance curriculums within the mechanical and electrical engineering fields
• Operational Administrators are Catherine Wilson of Seven Seas Water Group and Tamara Richardson of the Sint Maarten Government
About Seven Seas Water Group
Seven Seas Water Group (www.sevenseaswater.com) is a portfolio company owned by investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (“MSIP”). Seven Seas Water Group operates two businesses within the water infrastructure space. Seven Seas Water provides water and wastewater solutions for governmental and industrial customers in Latin America and the Caribbean. AUC Group (www.aucgroup.net) provides decentralized wastewater treatment plants for industrial and municipal customers in the United States. Seven Seas Water delivers ~18 billion gallons of clean water annually and operates eleven large water treatment plants internationally. AUC Group has more than 140 wastewater treatment plants under lease in the United States with property developers, municipal customers, and utility districtsThe company’s various water and wastewater facilities consistently maintain plant availability above 97% for its customers.
About Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (“MSIP”) is a leading global private infrastructure investment platform. Founded in 2006, MSIP has made over 30 investments across its three flagship, closed-ended funds. Since inception, MSIP has had more than $13 billion in commitments.