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Significant water shortage in St Kitts; Water engineer recommend measures to improve water supply

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by Eulana Weekes

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The St Kitts Water Services Department has renewed its call to customers to conserve water; revealing that the water levels throughout the distribution system in St Kitts are extremely low.

The Water Services Department said conservation measures are important so as to minimise the rate at which there are water interruptions. In support of the conservation efforts, the Water Services Department will be conducting fieldwork by visiting customers who have been using excessive water. If there are leaks, they will be fixed immediately.

Customers are also advised not to water their lawns or wash vehicles and buildings using a hose. In this regard, use a bucket, 5 gallon water bottles or any other large container that can accomplish your deed without wasting water. Individuals can also install water catchment systems as a source of water.

During a Federal Cabinet meeting on Monday, June 13, the issue of water shortage was addressed. Mr. Cromwell Williams, Water Engineer at the St Kitts Water Services Department made a presentation to the Cabinet and requested that the Federation consider the installation of a desalination plant and the immediate drilling of wells. There was a lengthy discussion on the suggested measures.

In St Kitts, the water comes solely from rainfall, which has reduced significantly. The drought conditions have adversely affected water supply, forcing the St Kitts Water Services Department to implement a water rationing system. Rationing is currently being carried out in the areas of Basseterre, Cayon and Saddlers, with no water availability during the hours of 8:00 pm to 5:00 am daily.

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