By Zaya Williams
In a recent announcement, the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) declared the successful restoration of the Crabbs Reverse Osmosis Plant, a crucial water source catering to approximately 50 percent of consumers in Antigua.
This comes after temporary shutdowns were necessary to facilitate essential repairs.
As detailed in a press statement released on Friday, units four and six were temporarily taken offline to address a vibration fault and replace a mechanical seal.
These maintenance measures, while necessary, resulted in a temporary reduction in daily water production and an interruption to the regular distribution schedule, resulting in extended service intervals.
With the repair work now concluded on the affected units, the statement confirmed that all six units at the Crabbs Plant are once again fully operational. This development is expected to boost the daily water production rate, anticipated to reach between 3.6 and 3.8 million gallons.
This improved functionality will undoubtedly lead to enhancements in the distribution schedule, alleviating the challenges faced during the maintenance period.
Notably, the Crabbs Plant stands as the largest water production facility in the country and plays a critical role in serving central communities, including areas spanning from Crabbs through Long Bay, Mount Joy through Liberta, Long Bay through Five Islands, Buckley Line through Golden Grove, Cassada Gardens through Boons Point, and All Saints Road through John Hughes.