Water Woes Continue
As schools across the island continue to be affected by a serious water crisis here, due to an extended dry season, the Water and Sewage Company Inc (WASCO) says it is closely monitoring the situation.
On Friday WASCO’s Managing Director, Vincent Hippolyte told a news conference that water levels are already dropping significantly due to the dry weather season. The fact that the Roseau dam is in dire need of dredging, so as to operate at maximum capacity, has exacerbated the situation.
So far WASCO has called on the public to exercise prudency with water usage and a water emergency has been declared for the island. In some adversely affected communities the water company has been trucking water while supplies are also being transported to schools and hospitals.
Still the situation is painted as grave and, despite the rationing of water in selected communities across the island, it could worsen.
On Wednesday June 17, WASCO will be shutting down the water supply from the John Compton Dam to install a dual level pump to assist with the water distribution. “During that period we will also take the opportunity to go into our raw water line to address some further leaks we have,” Hippolyte says.