From the end of February to the first week of March, the island has been experiencing an intense dry spell that has begun to affect the integrity of WASCO’s water supply and distribution systems island-wide.
Due to the current effects of the dry weather pattern, residents at the extreme ends of distribution networks and at high elevations are likely to be affected first. A drought management plan for both the north and south of the island has been developed and will be implemented by the middle of March if the intense dry weather continues.
Already, in the south of the island, water yields at intakes have dropped by up to 25 percent on some systems. WASCO is urging customers to cease activities such as watering lawns, washing cars with hoses and all other water wasteful activities in order to assist with attaining an equitable water supply to everyone.
WASCO is calling on the public to report to the company any damages or leaks as soon as they are noticed as WASCO intensifies its drive to minimize wastage from identified leaks.
Due to uncertainty about the duration of the dry season and the potential for further and more rapid reduction in the water supply, WASCO is appealing to the public to be considerate in the use and management of the water supply at home and in business places.
The company says it will do all in its power to maintain a steady supply of water to customers as it continues to monitor the situation closely.