Government says water delivery to homes remain a challenge

Port Works dam ran out of water several times in the last few years

By Brenton Henry

The government says it has improved the availability of water but getting it to homes continue to be a challenge.

The Cabinet yesterday held a discussion about the drought that Antigua has been experiencing for more than 6 years.

Up until June 2014, the reverse osmosis plants produced 3.5 million gallons of potable water daily. Since December 2017, the reverse osmosis plants have produced 8 million gallons of potable water daily.

“While the production challenge has been successfully met, there remains a delivery challenge brought about by old leaky pipes,” a statement from Cabinet said.

“Millions of dollars are being spent to replace water mains in several areas at the moment; the APUA advises that the entire replacement will take many years,” it added.

The Cabinet also agreed that removal of unwanted vegetation from dams, especially the Potworks Dam, is to be undertaken.

The Cabinet advises against filling-in dams and waterways for yet another reason.

Flooding, the Cabinet was advised, will take place when the earth is unable to absorb the rainfall or the runoff. Flooding is bad for homes, yards, streets and other human structures.

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  1. If you can’t deliver through the water lines then you should be filling peoples cisterns and tanks by trucking water. I hope you realize you can’t charge people for what they don’t get. With the heat it is unbearable and unhealthy.

  2. It is great that we acknowledge that we dont have water with that being said APUA take note and reduce your estimated water bills monthly, and to the general public conserve, washing of vehicles at public street pipes should be band especially in the grace green community at the street pipe at the green bay Moravian church and across the island. at the end of the day it is our earth, our communities, our country water is life we NEED IT. it all starts with us as a people.

  3. Is it the entire Island that the pipes need changing? Has there been any areas where new Pipes have already been installed? I ask those questions because it’s the whole Island that is still experiencing the lack of Water,if there is enough water to distribute,then as the repairs go along those areas should start receiving more water.. The Government has invested millions in the system,we should see some major relief.i think APUA has dropped the ball on this one,something na sound right..

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