The Water Resource Management Agency (WRMA) of the Ministry of Sustainable Development Energy Science and Technology is hereby advising the Public to continue to employ water conservation practices because of the general decline in water availability on the island.
The Saint Lucia Meteorological Services have indicated that the country is still under a long-term drought which is exacerbated by the low levels of rainfall being received throughout the island.
This is placing a strain on the water supply company’s (WASCO) ability to meet demands for potable water supply which is affecting various sectors.
The rate of decline at the John Compton dam has increased and WASCO is implementing rationing measures.
The Water Resource Management Agency is also observing extremely low flows in most of the rivers throughout the island. These include Cul de Sac, Vieux Fort, and Roseau.
Rivers on parts of the west coast of the island are showing greater resilience to drought conditions by displaying higher river flow rates.
The regional forecast prepared by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) for the period May to July 2016 suggests that our country may most likely receive normal to below normal rainfall.
Consequently, river flow rates and water availability through to July 2016 may continue to decline highlighting the need to conserve our limited water resources.
The WRMA will continue to monitor rainfall, river-flow and reservoir data to determine consequent action. Individuals and communities are therefore called upon to implement water conservation practices. These include;
- Promptly reporting leaks on WASCO mains and overflowing communal storage tanks;
- Taking shorter showers;
- Turning off taps while brushing teeth;
- Use of a bucket instead of a hose for washing vehicles;
- Repairing leaks at home;
- Minimizing the use of power washing equipment;
- Avoiding the use of potable water for watering lawns and ornamental gardens;
- Watering farms and food gardens during the morning and evening to reduce losses due to evaporation; and
- Avoiding the use of sprinklers to irrigate farms.