ANTIGUA-APUA pulls plug on Jolly Harbour
ST JOHN’S – All the services offered by the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) to scores of residents and guests of Jolly Harbour have been disconnected, leaving them without light, water or telephone.
Observer Media understands a number of guests have prematurely ended their stay at the Caribbean Development Antigua Limited (CDAL)-owned property.
While Observer is unable to ascertain when the disconnections occurred, Minister with responsibility for APUA Robin Yearwood, confirmed the withdrawal of the services.
“CDAL has a contract with APUA for the provision of services; electricity, water, telephone; and APUA has disconnected these services. APUA is willing and able to turn those services back on immediately as long as there is an agreement between CDAL and APUA,” he said.
Residents, guests and business owners complained that since October 13, they have had to resort to flushing their toilets with sea water, while others have incurred high expenses after being forced to buy water to fill cisterns.
Yearwood advises that residents should contact CDAL to register their concerns and not the utility company.
In a notice sent to residents, dated November 6, and signed CDAL Management, the company said it was experiencing difficulties with water and that residents should switch to pumping water from personal cisterns.
A reliable source has informed Observer that government will be looking into reports that Jolly Harbour has been utilizing its own generator to provide power.
Under law, it is illegal for residents and businesses to procure their own electricity whether via generator or other means without permission from APUA.
Meantime, the owner of Remax Antigua Ltd Ronald Chapman, reportedly the largest real estate brokers for Jolly Harbour properties, said that many guests and residents “are becoming near the end of their breaking point.”
Jolly Harbour has over 600 villas and properties which are occupied or rented from mere days to months.
Efforts to reach the operators of CDAL have been unsuccessful.