St. Lucia faces massive water deficit as droughts take a toll on water supply

St. Lucia faces massive water deficit as droughts take a toll on water supply

jcd.jpeg_1718483346TELESUR – Saint Lucia faces a 35 percent monthly water deficit – second only to Antigua and Barbuda in terms of water loss in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

It is bad news for a region in the throes of drought.

Authorities in Saint Lucia have been taking a number of measures to address water loss, including the shutting down of the country’s main dam, to repair pipes. Company officials have told the media that there is simply no room for wastage.

“We have to conserve what we are losing,” said Aly Anthony, the Senior Operations Manager of the Water and Sewerage Company.

A recent study put Saint Lucia’s monthly water loss at 77 million imperial gallons per month, or a monthly economic loss of US$1.4 million.

The country’s minister in charge of water supply says a number of water projects are underway, which hope to deliver a safe, consistent supply of water for citizens.

“We are doing a massive water redevelopment in Vieux Fort (in the south), that is costing over US$20 million, that will assure the people there a reliable source of water until the year 2033 … no water constrains development, constrains economic development, affects social development and it is not something that as a government we can be happy until we see every part of the country serviced by a reliable supply of quality water,” said Dr. James Fletcher.

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  1. St. Lucia's water crisis came about as a result of one problem which exists up to the present time. Which is : GROSS WATER MISMANAGEMENT!

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  2. Imagine that we have so many problems with water deficit--crisis level--yet it took so long to start the process of dredging the dam.
    Wake up!

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  3. Somehow this all seems like scare tactics to me!! The drought deficit in my mind must exist from last year as this dry season has no way been as bad as last year or some of the other years past!! And to say that we are only less worse off than Antigua?? Has anyone seen the state of Barbados?? Even Grenada and St. Vincent are probably worse off. I would really like to see official rainfall figures for the past year and to compare them to the mean average of each month over the past 20 years...

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