KINGSTOWN: The Central Water & Sewerage Authority (CWSA) has announced that it is expanding both the areas and hours of water rationing as drought conditions have reduced production 30 per cent at the Dalaway, Majorca and Montreal systems.
The rationing will include the southern region of St. Vincent, including Buccament Bay, Kingstown and the southeastern coastal town of Calliaqua.
The drought has resulted in an absence of rainfall in the interior of the island. The CWSA has advised residents of the areas mentioned that in order to minimize inconveniences, the scheduled outages will be mainly confined to 8:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily.
“However, interruptions during the day may also be experienced until the rains return. Once the situation improves the restrictions will be eased,” the CWSA said in a press release.
Only 20 inches of rainfall has been recorded in the interior of St. Vincent during the past five months, compared with the expected historical total of 45 inches, the CWSA said.
“This represents an almost 60 per cent reduction in rainfall during what is usually the dry season for St. Vincent & the Grenadines and the region in general,” the CWSA said.
The company said it will continue to keep the public informed by issuing periodic, if not daily, notices via the electronic and social media, giving further details of the planned interruptions.
The CWSA urged the public to continue to observe strict water conservation measures by eliminating wastage at public facilities, reporting leaks and limiting water use to only priority household activities.