APUA promises that new RO plants will increase water capacity and 24-hour supply will be available by next summer


The capacity of the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) to adequately supply water to citizens and residents will soon be increased, according to its Water Business Unit.

To do so, APUA, which relies heavily on Reverse Osmosis (RO) to supply water throughout the islands, will be depending on an RO plant in Bethesda and another that is expected to be constructed at Fort James.

Ninety-five percent of all water reaching households and businesses now comes from the Reverse Osmosis plants, since the other sources, including Pot Works Dam, are exhausted.

However, reportedly, three representatives have complained to the Cabinet that homes in their constituencies are not receiving water in accordance with the schedule published by APUA.

APUA says that, at present, it produces more than six million gallons of potable water daily, and that demand is currently at seven million gallons per day.

It notes that there are several communities that receive un-interrupted water supply daily and these are located very close to the desalination plants.

Therefore, plants are being constructed in communities that are close to the ocean, with pumps to aid in distribution of the potable water, APUA says.

Ian Lewis, the water manager, says that when the new plant in Bethesda is placed online, the Water Business Unit will produce more than 10 million gallons of water daily.

The plant is ready and waiting to be commissioned by the Japanese, who provided it as a gift to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, he says.

APUA is estimating that, by the summer of 2022, it will be able to provide water to every single community in Antigua and Barbuda 24 hours each day.

Meanwhile, the United Progressive Party (UPP) candidate for St. Phillip’s North, Alex Browne, says the Government has taken too long to address the water crisis.

He reminds that it was his opponent, Sir Robin Yearwood, the Minister with responsibility for APUA, who promised that the water problem would have been fixed within eight days of the Labour Party attaining public office.

Browne says, however, that persons continue to struggle to get pipe-borne water to do simple things around the house, such as taking showers.

The UPP candidate says that a picket of APUA is being planned.

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    • Move to the head of the class. ALL full-a- unflushed shit. I’ not into hype. Ther is nothing here for me. They could have run charley Brown cartoons where the teacher does the talking. I will flush when I see the water. More BS from the peanut crew at APUA.

  1. There is a Calypso by Trinidad Rio entitled:Going Back To Basics.He was singing about the Utilities Company in Trinidad.Download it and see if it does not reflect the APUA situations in Antigua and Barbuda.
    More water,more water,by next Summer. When is next Summer? I have heard that crap before,like more water in 14 days.Those 14 days never came,that was in 2014.Seven years later,Mama cannot take a shower.Papa cannot take a shower.No water dey foo flush dee toilet inna 2021.People a trow up water foo bathe.We are going back to basics,begin digging your latrine holes also known as out houses.

  2. Did I not hear A.P.U.A. say they have leaks here, there and everywhere within their water distribution system?

    Did I not hear that A.P.U.A. is loosing in the region of one third of the water it produces due to the leaks within its water distribution system?

    So let me get this right.

    A.P.U.A. just want to pump more water into their water distribution system and NOT fix the leaks within the same system?

    I am so glad I did not study this stuff (lol).

  3. Can now expect Election next summer. These politicians are very transparent to those who think independently. We are doomed by these hypocrites and Parasites with the country’s finances.

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