Residents express frustration over water rationing

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – From Newfield to Picadilly, Cassada Gardens to Potters and Buckleys to Paradise View, residents have expressed frustration over water rationing which started on January 16, and which Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) said will persist until Thursday.

In a comment under APUA’s “water conservation” announcement on Facebook, a resident complained, “The information that is placed on the Scheduled Water Outages are very wrong. Water off in Potters since Thursday and today is Saturday. It says that water will be on from 5 am to 5 pm and 5 o’clock none come yet.”

The woman said the supply was restored for two hours but was suppressed again for the remainder of the day.

While, over at #5 Cassada Gardens, a homemaker said she had been out of water for more than 24 hours on the weekend.

“This is very ridiculous … How are we supposed to bathe, do laundry and wash our dishes? Is it that APUA expects people to live in an environment that is conducive to the breeding of rodents and roaches?”

In Newfield, it appears the community has been having water supply problems since December.

The consumer lamented on APUA’s Facebook page, “From since December 23rd, 2013, Newfied has been having severe water problems. This situation was further compounded last week when from Friday January 10, 2014, to Thursday January 16, 2014, we were without water.

“Now you’re telling me that we’ll be suffering again because Delaps is down and you expect us to accept that excuse? How long does it take you to fix the problem at Delaps? Since last month one pump allegedly working at Delaps and up to now it cannot be fixed? When it’s not Delaps, it’s Collins.”

Another resident questioned why APUA ordered the water treatment chemicals so close to when stock was running out instead of ordering in advance while enough is in storage to last in the event of delayed shipment.

APUA has not responded to any of the complaints or queries.

(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)


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