ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Electricity has been restored to the Antigua Port Authority but the facility remained without water supply and phone service up to press time after they were cut off due to arrears.
A reliable source, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Daily OBSERVER “a deal was hammered out” with Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) but he declined to reveal the details.
The source said all the disconnections were made “just before 10” on Monday morning with the power being restored some time after 6 pm.
It’s understood that up to the time of reconnection, the port had been running on generators.
When this newspaper contacted General Manager Agatha Dublin some time yesterday afternoon, she confirmed the disconnection but insisted that “our operations are still ongoing and we are operating as normal.”
But a caller to the Voice of the People informed that when he went to clear a barrel he was told his transaction could not be facilitated because the facility was without electricity at the time.
Another source expressed disgust that the situation had been allowed to reach this stage.
Last year APUA announced its intention to clamp down on debtors.
(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)