Antigua Public Utilities Authority’s (APUA) Water Business Unit has taken a significant step in addressing the prolonged drought conditions plaguing the twin islands over the last few years.
The authority has introduced a fair rotation cycle and water conservation schedule in response to the severe reduction in water availability from surface and groundwater sources.
This cycle aims to help residents plan and consume water services more efficiently, ensuring equitable distribution and providing relief for Antigua’s water situation.
The water rationing schedules that APUA introduced for communities across the twin islands have been challenging to manage.
However, things are looking up, thanks to more than four inches of rainfall during the passage of Tropical Storm Philippe.
The rainfall has replenished major natural water catchments, and there is now a surplus of surface water for the first time since November 2020.
Potworks Reservoir, along with several other surface water sources, including Big Creek, Fishers Dam, Hamilton, and Dunnings, have all retained water due to the rainfall.
As a result of these replenished water sources, the Bendals Water Treatment Plant came online on Wednesday, October 4th, 2023.
Consumers in the surrounding areas have already seen improvements in their water service, and it’s anticipated that the Delaps Water Treatment Plant will soon return to the water distribution network.
Consumers can expect more regular water service over the next four and a half months.
The utility company forecasts an additional 1.8 million imperial gallons to be added to the water distribution network due to the recent rainfall.
While this is good news for Antigua, the Authority emphasizes the importance of continued water conservation and recycling measures in homes and businesses to preserve this limited and precious resource.
Consumers should also be aware that the water service may still be subject to interruption due to both planned and unplanned maintenance.
The Authority will monitor the situation closely and provide updates as needed.
In the meantime, residents are encouraged to do their part in conserving water and using it wisely.
With everyone’s cooperation, Antigua can ensure a reliable and sustainable water supply for years.