Wa­ter Woes Con­tinue

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By

STAR Re­porter

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.

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