Coronavirus pandemic not cause of water shortage – Saunders
The water shortage being experienced in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is not as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Garth Saunders, the general manager of the Central Water and Sewerage Authority (CWSA) said at a press conference on May 29 that there is a misconception that the shortage is caused by COVID-19 and the need for persons to wash their hands more often.
“It’s not. We have not seen a substantial increase in our water consumption from our customers over the last two or three months, even with all the extra washing, the supermarkets…” he said.
Saunders admitted that the CWSA did have some concerns at first as they were asking persons to conserve water while the Ministry of Health was asking for persons to wash their hands more frequently.
He said however, that the CWSA has got by fairly okay within that period and he is certain that the hygiene practices that call for increased consumption of water has not affected the water supply significantly.