Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, is grappling with the persistent water crisis that has been afflicting the nation.
Despite the government’s substantial investment of over one hundred million dollars over the past few years to address the chronic water problem, the situation remains unresolved, leading to increasing frustrations.
During a recent episode of the Browne and Browne Show on Point FM, the Prime Minister shed light on the government’s ongoing efforts to rectify the water crisis.
Browne has high hopes for improvements in the coming year, with plans for a new reverse osmosis plant set to become operational by the second half of 2024, expected to produce a remarkable three million gallons of water daily.
Additionally, an extensive re-piping project is underway to address the significant 20 percent water loss resulting from leaks in aging pipes.
In a significant development, the government has decided to privatize a portion of the water production system.
This decision has prompted the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) to consider proposals from two entities: a local company, Caribbean Water Treatment, and a Trinidad and Tobago-based concern.
However, despite the substantial investment in water infrastructure and distribution, consumers throughout Antigua continue to voice their frustrations regarding the persistent lack of water.
Prime Minister Browne’s vexation is also directed towards the management of the Water Division at APUA.
He expressed bewilderment at the fact that some residents have been enduring prolonged water shortages, even though daily water production exceeds seven million gallons, while the daily demand stands at approximately nine million gallons.
The water crisis has become a central concern for Prime Minister Browne’s government, as it remains a critical issue that has not yet been resolved to the satisfaction of the people.
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