PRESS RELEASE – The Water and Sewage Company (WASCO) announced yesterday that the island’s drought intensified. As a result, the water-related emergency initially declared in March for the north of the island was expanded to the entire country.
WASCO stated that the flows in the island’s rivers have not improved despite recent rains resulting in extremely low levels of the available raw water supply for extraction.
WASCO Managing Director Vincent Hippolyte said that until the rains come in sufficient quantity and volume, WASCO will continue to cope by rationing water.
“Despite the rains and the greenery, drought conditions exist because the rivers are not moving,” Mr. Hipployte said. “They do not have the volume of water that will enable WASCO to extract sufficient water to meet demand. We are in the early stages in the drought situation. It is not as severe as the later stages, but we are still in drought conditions.”
In light of this continuing situation, the island-wide water rationing program remains in effect. It means that every community will experience periodic water outages to allow other communities to receive a supply of water. Experts predict the drought will persist through August.
The public is encouraged to use water conservatively and store water properly to guard against the spread of vector-borne diseases.
The public is also reminded that the Water Emergencies Act enforces water conservation restrictions that limit lawn sprinkling, vehicle washing, golf course and park irrigation, and other nonessential uses.