APUA records lowest water levels ever

Potworks Dam – Aug 1, 2015 during what has been described a record dry spell for Antigua (Source: anumetservice.wordpress.com)

The most recent Cabinet report has revealed that for over  two days earlier this week, “fresh water production across the nation was at its lowest level it has ever been”.

This week’s report stated that the water levels were low even when compared to drought years. The information was brought forward following a meeting between Cabinet ministers and

officials at the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA).

Although APUA is capable of producing six million gallons of potable water per day, the notes stated that production declined to 2.7 million and 4.1 million gallons during the days in question because of the “churning sea, driven by high winds and colder than usual streams of water that contain far too much debris for the reverse osmosis machines at Camp Blizzard to handle”.

As a result, the reverse osmosis machines at the old navy base had to be turned off.

APUA’s Marketing & Communications Officer, Cathrona Samuel told OBSERVER media that “there is currently one unit operational at Camp Blizzard, but sea water conditions have not improved to the extent that we can bring the entire plant back on line.”

More in today’s Daily Observer.

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