Drought still affecting water supply – Brathwaite

The onset of the rainy season in June has done little to improve the water supply situation here, according to Chairman of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) Dr Atlee Brathwaite.

Brathwaite said Barbados’ water problems were continuing as a result of the lasting impact of last year’s drought.

The water company boss revealed that the salinity levels in wells along the west coast continued to rise and groundwater levels in other wells had not recovered.

Therefore, he said, the BWA had been forced to pump less water than normal.

Speaking yesterday at the opening ceremony for the first of two temporary desalination plants to assist in the mitigation of current water outages, Dr Brathwhaite said the authority’s immediate strategy to solve the water problem included a 50 per cent reduction in production at Ashton Hall, St Peter.

Minister of Water Resources Dr David Estwick officially opened a temporary containerized desalination plant at Hope, St Lucy, which will provide an additional 300,000 gallons of water a day to the Alleynedale, Lambers and Boscobel systems, similar to what was done in 2003.

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