Providing all with water an uphill battle


Despite the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) producing more than enough water to supply the entire island, some elevated communities remain without constant flow at the faucet.

The Minister responsible for APUA, Robin Yearwood, said he is overseeing new attempts to remedy this.

Approximately 6,600,000 gallons of potable water is produced each day by APUA’s several reverse-osmosis plants at Crabbes, Pigeon Point, Ffryes, Blizzard and Burma Road.

But Yearwood reported to Cabinet last week that broken pipes, missing pumps and stuck valves have interfered with continuous delivery of APUA produced water to every community and household.

Member of Parliament for St Paul’s Paul Chet Greene voiced concerns that Liberta, Roman Hill and several homeowners perched on hillsides in the Parish are unable to receive a continuous supply.

“The APUA Minister promised to install pumps to get the water up the hills and across fairly flat plains, as in Liberta. The Cabinet agreed to make the financial resources available, or reimbursable, in order to achieve that end,”Cabinet notes read.

The government notes that, upon taking office in June 2014, APUA was producing a maximum of 3,300,000 gallons of water daily, which was far too inadequate to meet the needs of homes, businesses, hotels, restaurants and other consumers.

“The new administration has doubled the supply of water, paid all the debts which the APUA Water and Electricity Divisions owed to Sembcorp and WIOC, and turned around the finances of APUA,” the Minister reported.


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  1. If after almost 4 decades of independence and over 30 years governing this country this is the best we can get from Yearwood and company. Excuses. In the private sector he would already be fired. I guess this is not making money from kickbacks so no true effort is put into it.

  2. Haven’t we gone from receiving all water from dams etc to now receiving a good portion from reverse osmosis?
    That’s an achievement.

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