Sembcorp to provide more water

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Business Manager, Water Division Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), Ivan Rodrigues, said the company has reached an agreement with its water supplier to bring an end to months of water shortage by providing another 200,000 gallons daily.

Speaking on OBSERVER Radio’s Voice of the People programme yesterday, Rodrigues said, “On Tuesday, the prime minister and members of the authority met with SembCorp and we were able to complete a negotiation which should see more water coming through the system. That additional water entered the system from (Wednesday) evening so going forward we should have better supply to our consumers.”

Rodrigues said under the usual arrangement, APUA takes a minimum of 3.1 million gallons of water from SembCorp and maintains a maximum capacity of 3.8 million gallons.

But, for the new arrangement “(SembCorp) indicated that they can make up to four million gallons; so following those negotiations they should be going up to the maximum. It’s no secret the authority owes them a considerable amount of money and what they’ve been asking for is how they’re going to get paid.”

The manager said as far as he’s aware, that was addressed.

On June 18, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he would ensure the country’s water woes are addressed “within 14 days”.

Rodrigues noted the shortage of water was brought on by the drought and not debt to SembCorp.

He said the long-term solution to the effects of Antigua’s recurrent drought conditions, is to move to 100 per cent desalination.

(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)

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6 thoughts on “Sembcorp to provide more water

  1. Seth Starkadder July 26, 2014 at 12:25 - Reply

    We are about 150 ft up a hill in Falmouth and had 1 1/2 hours water last week – the first since mid February. Must be the new government.

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  2. How would 100% desalination help the Agriculture Industry, from livestock to farming?
    Would the farmer be billed at a different rate vs a supermarket, hotel, laundromat or private home?
    The lack of water during our dry/drought season, can be attributed, in part to poor infrastructual planning and development. Once, this problem is addressed from the proper perspectives, then married with, the desalination, the recycling and the conservation methods, Our water woes will be greatly reduced.

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  3. 100% desalination? Is this backed up by some study? Strangely APUA’s water shortage has nothing to do with finances yet they cannot afford to replace defective meters and it never occurred to them to increase water purchase from Semicorp? Anyway Mr. PM, another promise made, promise kept

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  4. Water conservation is really what is needed. This is like throwing gasoline on a fire.

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    • how can this be throwing gasoline on fire when some areas on the island is without water or should i say “was” without water for weeks at a time? areas like all saints had nothing but air coming out of the pipes for up to a week at a time, then when the water finally comes its dirty and unusable. i do agree that water conservation should be practiced….but we need to actually have access to water in order to conserve it. promise kept…well done Mr. prime minister.

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