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CWSA to begin restricting water supply


Water supply to consumers on the Montreal, Majorca and Dallaway systems may be interrupted for the foreseeable future, the Central Water and Sewerage Authority (CWSA) has announced.{{more}}

In a release issued Monday, the CWSA said continuing lack of rainfall has resulted in a further decrease in the inflow from the rivers at three of its major intakes: Dalaway, Majorca and Montreal.

“Production at these three systems is now estimated to be below 50 per cent, with the worst affected being the Montreal system that supplies mainly the Marriaqua valley, Belmont and some areas in the South-East of the island.

“During the past five weeks, the CWSA’s technical staff has been trying to avert the need for rationing the supply by closely monitoring and managing these three systems. However, given the forecast of relatively low rainfall amounts throughout the region, in the foreseeable future, the CWSA has now arrived at the situation where the water supply from the Montreal system, in the first instance, will have to be restricted,” the release said.

Additionally, because of the reduced supply from the Majorca and Dalaway systems, it is also expected that residents at higher elevations in and around Kingstown and its environs, and including upper Ratho Mill may also experience short periodic interruptions during the daily peak hours of 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The CWSA say they will continue to keep the general public informed by issuing periodic, if not daily notices via the electronic and social media, giving details of the planned interruptions, including the affected areas and the times and durations of the interruptions.

The general public is again urged to continue to observe strict water conservation measures by eliminating wastage at public facilities, reporting leaks and limiting water use to only priority household activities.