Government promises to do more to solve water problem

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Cabinet Notes:

The Prime Minister welcomed the members back after a three-week holiday break. He noted that the economy grew by 4.2 percent in 2021 and the aim is to achieve an 8 percent growth in 2022.

 

He acknowledged that the new reverse osmosis plants coming online in 2022 will produce an additional 3,000,000 gallons of potable water per day, placing water-production at more than 10,000,000 gallons per day.

 

The APUA will re-double its effort to solve the water problem caused by continuous drought conditions for 5 years.

 

The Prime Minister also noted that water-storage is a challenge for many indigent families and complete reliance upon piped water is ill-advised; hence, CHAPA will be provided with resources to import rubber tanks for sale at cost.

 

It was also agreed that the APUA will abide by its published schedule and will give notice when it is compelled to change. APUA will also intensify its communication strategy.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. What happened to the 2014 election campaign promise to solve all water problems in Antigua within 2 weeks? 2 weeks now stretch to 7 years. What happened?

  2. I’m Sorry but a promise is comfort to a fool. I will not fall for the same shit over and over. That last 14 day promise got me and I’m done. Flush first vote later

    • Skyewill,

      These plants are paid for and will be all installed this year.

      It takes up to 18 months to manufacture it these plants. We have doubled the water supply by installing new plants at Barnicle Point and Pigeon Point, while expanding production at the Sembcorp plant. Lest you forget that the UPP could not even supply 3M gallons a day and owed Sembcorp $22M which my government repaid in full.

      We always keep our promises. We do not make idle promises, or practice deception like others.

      • Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “The cognitive and structural aspects of a paradigm are incomplete without the functional aspect. There is something more than knowing in the Afrocentric sense; there is also doing. Afrocentricity holds that all definitions are autobiographical.” – Dr. Molefi Asante! Afrocentricity, The Theory of Social Change!

        This mere voice in the wilderness wishes you no disrespect and applauds: The Expected Installation and Complete Financing of the Proposed Desalination Plants: The Increased Water Harvesting Capacity; and, The Excellent Execution of the Debt Repayment to the Privateer! That your Government has been able to overcome some legacy issues at APUA is without question and one can appreciate your sense of accomplishment in providing a life saving sustenance to the People! “A government or a party gets the people it deserves and sooner or later a people gets the government it deserves.” ― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth!

        The question, facing you and your cabinet colleagues, is this(The increased Water Harvesting) sustainable! Many of your detractors will shout from Mt Obama, it’s election talk! Your supporters will tout loudly that Rome was not built in a day and that the People of African Descent should be thankful for small mercies when their taps are flowing even when buffeted by Devastations, Droughts, Pestilences and Plagues! Yes Sir, Mr. Prime Minister, if and only if the other Necessary Elements of a Sound, Well Planned and Operational Potable Water System are Implemented and put in Place! “A phenom must be studied and analyzed in relationship to psychological time and space. It must always be located. This is the only way to investigate the complex interrelationships of science and art, design and execution, creation and maintenance, generation and tradition, and other areas bypassed by theory.” – Asante!

        Now that APUA will have additional production in its Water Harvesting Capacity, how will The New Found Supply reach the Customers! Two Critical Infrastructure Components are necessary: A Distribution system in its simplest form is the water lines! Not so long ago the Long Suffering and Simple Living Minister, save for cohibas, made it clear that the distribution system was experiencing losses of some 30%! This mere voice will suggest that it is a hell lot more given experience and published data, not only in the developed world, but more so in the Americas and Caribbean! If you are suppling 10 Million GPD with 30% loss you are not meeting the suggested(since there has been no Master Plan much less a Strategic and Implementation Plan by APUA) planned requirement of 8 MGPD! “Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you want them to understand.” ― Frantz Fanon!

        The Other Critical Component is Storage for the Harvested Water! This system needs to be redesigned and re-engineered! The Wells are exhausted and what is left are filled with salt and contaminated run-off water! Potworks Dam should be removed from the equation given that it would need to be rebuilt and above all with expected warming from Climate Change on the horizon, its evaporation rate which is approaching 2 million GPD makes it not sustainable and a losing proposition! A reengineered Storage System which is filled nightly from the desalination plants and provides water to the customers, when needed, would be more effective and efficient, protect the waterline distribution system from unpredictable and varying water pressures and help to prolong the useful lives of the old and new desalination plants from running at full capacity 24/7! “The Afrocentric method considers phenomena to be diverse, dynamic, and in motion and therefore it is necessary for a person to accurately note and record the location of phenomena even in the midst of fluctuations. This means that the investigator must know where he or she is standing in the process.” – Asante!

        Finally, and this may be the most difficult to contemplate and Implement! APUA needs to be Transformed – Redesigned, Re-engineered, Realigned (to GoAB’s and the People’s Imperatives in this the International decade for People of African descent 2015 -2024! Please note the end date!), and Restructured! The Successful Investor Leader must begin Succession Planning NOW! It is noted that Fresh Technical Blood is being sought! “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.” ― Frantz Fanon!

      • Sir MSgt Williams reports as ordered. My Brother, I am not comparing UPP to ABLP on this one. They failed at it and so far I see no plan there either. I will argue that, that promise have not been kept and I spent 9 months last year carrying water up the stairs to flush. I’m paying water bills and not getting the service. We also need to change the Social Security Model. I see a hybrid of an investment bank with pensioners as the principal fiduciary. SS must sustain itself. It can put 5000 new jobs using created partnership with Entrepreneurs’ and flat rate for small business and venders ect. Nuff respect

      • Gaston you promise to fix the problem in 14 days and despite wa you saying, people still not getting water in many areas for day’s. 7 years later. Now that election is around the corner you again promising the world?
        By the way, you don’t have no work to do, to be on social media instead of doing what you had a problem with Megatron doing?

  3. What happened to the problem being solved in 14 days?
    Grany and Granpa still want bath and enjoy a shower, as opposed to still throwing up water 7 years later.

  4. Antigua was always known as a drought stricken island. I remembered many moons ago,we had no rains for a very long time and animals were dying in the paddocks for a lacking in water for them. We the people had to traverse all around St.Johns looking for water to cook and drink. We had a lot of water to bathe in,the Beaches. Then you went home used a wet rag to wipe your face,from the dry salted water and go to school.Now,it is 2022 and things remained the same as it were in 1960’s.What has change,absolutely nothing.

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