The CWSA is operating at 35% of its capacity at its five sources and is now no longer able to supply over 50% of its customers with the customary 24 hours- 7 days a week service.
This is according to a statement from the CWSA’s Chief Executive Officer Garth Saunders.
The Barbados Meteorological Services has reported that the drought conditions being experienced so far, have been the worst in 72 years and international experts have indicated that the low rainfall totals are expected to continue into 2020.
In St. Vincent, for the first four months of the year, all five (5) of the CWSA’s major water systems, have on average experienced rainfall amounts totaling 40% below the 10-year average. Rainfall for April was 60% below the average monthly figure, while rainfall for the current month of May has fallen from 248 mm in 2019 to just 48 mm in 2020.
The CWSA has now joined its neighbours; Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada and Trinidad in once again implementing an extended system of water rationing to try, as far as possible, to achieve an equitable distribution of water during a 24-hour period.
The CWSA will continue to communicate its water rationing schedule to the public via radio and on its Facebook page.
The CWSA further wishes to advise that, given the unpredictability of water use and the continuing reduction in river flows, that there is no guarantee that the CWSA may always meet the scheduled times for turning on and off of the supplies. Customers are therefore asked to store sufficient water at their homes to cater for this inconvenience.
The CWSA appreciates the understanding of its customers and looks forward to a gradual improvement in rainfall patterns and water supply in the coming weeks.