The Central Water & Sewerage Authority (CWSA) on Wednesday said it is expanding both the areas and hours of water rationing as the continuing drought conditions have reduced to about 30 per cent production at the Dalaway, Majorca and Montreal systems.
The rationing will include all areas between Buccament and Calliaqua, including Kingstown and its environs, Arnos Vale, Belair, Gomea, Dauphine, the Marriaqua valley and some areas in the south-east of the island, the company said.
The continuing drought has resulted in an absence of rainfall in the interior of the island and the CWSA has advised residents of the areas mentioned that in order to minimize inconveniences, the scheduled outages will be mainly confined to 8:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily.
“However, interruptions during the day may also be experienced until the rains return. Once the situation improves the restrictions will be eased,” the CWSA said in a press release.
Only 20 inches of rainfall has been recorded in the interior of St. Vincent during the past five months, compared with the expected historical total of 45 inches, the CWSA said.
“This represents an almost 60 per cent reduction in rainfall during what is usually the dry season for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the region in general,” the CWSA noted.
The company said it will continue to keep the public informed by issuing periodic, if not daily, notices via electronic and social media, giving further details of the planned interruptions.
The company again urged the public to continue to observe strict water conservation measures by eliminating wastage at public facilities, reporting leaks and limiting water use to only priority household activities.
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