PM promises end to water woes in weeks

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

Prime Minister Gaston Browne has said that the country’s long running water problem will be resolved “in a matter of weeks.”

He says that’s based on the investments being made to construct more reverse osmosis plants.

“We have been trying our endeavor best to resolve this issue and we are making progress,” Browne told a radio programme.

He also appealed to residents to continue to conserve water while blaming the severity of the current situation on the United Progressive Party administration.

“They literally mothballed Tango which was producing two million gallons of water per day,” the prime minister said.

He argued that the problem was inherited and sought to clarify a statement he made in June 2014 about improvements to the provision of water.

“I never said we will solve the water problem in 14 days I said there would be an improvement.”

A three-year drought has placed the country’s already scarce water resources under significant pressure with the authorities implementing a strict water rationing schedule.

Although some improvements have been recorded in recent weeks, the provision of a reliable supply of water on a regular basis remains a challenge.

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