Saint Lucia Urged To Get Serious About Water Security Amid WASCO Water Woes

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Declaring that there can be no food security without water security, the National Green Party (NGP) leader has asserted that Saint Lucia needs to get serious about water security.

Andre de Caires spoke against WASCO water woes resulting in a supply interruption to consumers that forced schools in the North of the Island to send students home on Friday.

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) also announced the closure of the Pigeon Island National landmark on Saturday and Sunday, blamed on ‘a critical water shortage’ due to ongoing WASCO repairs.

The utility said the repairs began Wednesday morning and by Friday afternoon water was being restored.

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But some irate consumers have been complaining that they are yet to receive supplies.

NGP leader Andre de Caires notes that WASCO’s issues are well-known.

He observed that some forty percent of the water the utility pumps never reaches its destination because of old, leaking underground metal pipes.

“We are wasting a lot of water and we definitely need to go to the World Bank or somebody to take a huge loan to improve our water situation,” the NGP leader told St Lucia Times.

He recalled that during the campaign leading up to the last general elections, the NGP made it clear that there’s no food security without water security.

“We’ve taken ten years to desilt the dam. Within those ten years many commercial buildings were built. A few hotels were built, private residences were built and we’re still depending on the John Compton dam,” de Caires observed.

He reiterated that Saint Lucia needs to take a serious look at mandatory desalinisation plants for every hotel with beach access and possibly a plant for the entire Island to supplement WASCO supplies, as climate change affects the consistency of rainfall.

In addition, he said the authorities need to emphasise rainwater harvesting and perhaps make underground cisterns mandatory for specific buildings.

The NGP leader also recalled suggesting micro-dams.

He said the water situation is dire.

But de Caires lamented that no one is talking about the issue.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. SLU should be taking a page from the island of GRENADA where (after H.Ivan) every household MUST have a water tank (or more) attached to their homes. And who was the person the Grenada government called (after H.Ivan) to have a water security plan for the island? None other than Christopher Cox (agriculturist, conservationist, visual artist) who – unfortunately for St Lucia – now lives and works in Kenya, Africa. See how we treat our own??

  2. Finally someone is talking about Wasco water shortage.
    What about the trucks delivering to hotels in the south, daily. What about the residents. In Choiseul we have had about 15 gal. In 2 weeks.
    But we are paying our bill every month. This must change, NOW.

  3. Juebag you are 100% correct. There is always so much publicity when north has no water. Don’t ask if Cap Estate has no water, it is all over social media. My family lives in Choiseul and in some parts of Choiseul Wasco delivers water there twice weekly and just for about 1 or 2 hours sometimes and it is very much the norm. The division in St Lucia is real.

  4. Privatise this company already! They getting shafted by water bottling companies and yet they say they broke…their solution is charge poor people an extra 10.43% for a doomed project when they could’ve invested into more storage volume per capita. Are you kidding me!!!!!!No vision

  5. Why is it when the North has no water there is always comments BUT the South is always the poor relation, our water is always going off for days and weeks but no mention of that???? Come on Lord Wasco get sorted NOW

  6. It is alleged that in the near future water will only be supplied hotels and golf courses. You are rights hospitals and private homes are not included.

  7. Wasteco needs to wake the hell up and try to increase their storage capacity by erecting more of those water tanks around the island especially in the north. Every year is the same crap with Wasteco. The dam has outlived it’s capacity to supply the entire island, especially during the dry season. So the next obvious thing to do is increase your storage. Government can acquire lands in order to erect those tanks. If not the next obvious step is to build a next dam(river of your choice), or build a desalination plant.

  8. I want to ask Chas whether he used any of the 600 million dollars he borrowed while he was in power for WASCO. Are we going to get back any of the money Chas gave to CHTTI? Just asking.

    • Bolo…give it a rest…we haved moved on and so should you.
      Simple question to the new cabinet..what plans do you have to secure water for your people ….
      It is a.conversation which should have taken priority in this budget cycle.
      This is what leaders are chosen for…
      You apparently arent ready for the task

  9. He’s very right. ESPECIALLY the part about Mandatory desalination plants for hotels. The land will be turned to chaos without water. Also were does blue waters get it’s water for to allow it’s bottling operation? Asking for a friend.

    • from the same wasco water that you paying for in the pipe and all they do is just process it

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