Saint Lucia has declared a water related emergency with effect from Monday, May 18, 2020.
Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph made the order Friday on the advice of the Water Resource Management Agency.
The order noted that based on the advice, the Minister is satisfied that an ‘exceptional shortage of rain or a serious deficiency of supplies of water exists or is threatened.’
The water related emergency will remain in effect until further notice.
The order prohibits the use of water from the pipes of the Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) for a number of purposes.
They include washing a vehicle using a hose, watering a lawn, hedge, garden, farm, ground and recreational field, as well as pressure washing a house using a hose or watering a roadway, pavement, garage or path.
Using water from the pipes of WASCO for concrete mixing and block making.
Filing a swimming pool or filling a leaking or overflowing storage tank are also prohibited, along with an activity that may require the use of a considerable or excessive quantity of water.
A person who contravenes subsection one of the order commits an offence.
According to the document, such an individual is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $3,000, or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or to both, and to a further fine not exceeding $50 for each day during which the contravention continues.