Cabinet Notes: The Minister responsible for Public Utilities announced that one of the three new desalinating plants has arrived Antigua, and it is being readied for installation at the Fort James site.
The APUA currently produces more than 7 million gallons of potable water daily from ocean water; however, as the economy of Antigua and Barbuda grows, the demand for more potable water requires more desalinating capacity.
The intent is to move towards 10 million gallons daily, in order to satisfy future demand. Leakages have caused the APUA to deliver less water than it produces; hence, the re-piping of leaky cast iron pipes that are nearly one century old, will begin in earnest following the Christmas holidays.
APUA has borrowed $169,000,000 to enable it to improve its Internet services, its water delivery system, and to plant its electricity cables underground in parts of commercial St. John’s.