The Cabinet addressed the issue of potable water, once more, and the challenge which the APUA has undertaken to solve the water-shortage problem.
APUA will be building three new reverse osmosis plants at Fort James, Bethesda and Ffryes Beach; the plants will all be completed by summer of 2022, moving the production of water from seven million gallons per day to 10 million gallons per day.
When the Gaston Browne administration took office in 2014, Sembcorp was producing 3.5 million gallons per day and was owed more than $22 million dollars by the UPP administration.
Within 14 days of the ABLP’s assumption to governance, Sembcorp increased its production levels, and payments were made to reduce the debt inherited from the previous Administration.
Today, the Sembcorp plant is owned by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda; the debt has been repaid, and the quantum of water produced is twice as much as when the Gaston Browne Administration took office.
In a few months, it will be three times as much as in 2014.
A pervasive drought has caused surface water to dry up, and acquifers to become exhausted; reliance on potable water from reverse osmosis plants is now the only option for APUA.
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