Grenadians urged to store water as bad weather approaches

By Rumi Samuel Published on June 28, 2022
Grenadians urged to store water as bad weather approaches

The National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) in Grenada has enacted its Disaster Emergency Plan in preparation for the approaching weather disturbance.

This plan looks at measures to protect the Authority’s infrastructure.

NAWASA’s overall intention is to have all water treatment plants open so people can have storage tanks and containers for a minimum of three days.

All water systems, except Concord, St John’s and Les Avocat St David’s, are up and running.

The Concord Water System is challenged due to high turbidity levels due to the inclement weather over the past 24 hours.

The Les Avocat Water System remains under valve regulation, and efforts are being made to ensure equity in water distribution.

As a result, the regulation for consumers in St. Paul’s, The Bocas, Parade, Mt. Airy and Morne Delice has been amended for June 27, 2022, as follows:

• La Borie and Lower St Paul’s: 5:00 am to 3:00 pm

• The Bocas and Parade: 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

• Mt. Airy & Morne Delice: 9:00 pm to 5:00 am

NAWASA’s Water Tanker will be operating in Marian, Morne Jaloux, Golden Drive, Cocoa Road and Lyda from 3:00 pm on June 27.

NAWASA further recognises that consumers served by affected water systems may not be able to maintain a three-day supply as recommended and apologises for this.

Persons with limited supplies are also encouraged to capture rainwater for post-disaster use if necessary safely.

An island-wide network shutdown of all water systems is not yet scheduled; however, the timing for such disruption in service is dependent on two factors: the weather conditions and the risks involved in the different systems.

Consumers are therefore reminded to have water stored to last a minimum of three days, considering their family's immediate needs.

It says the approaching weather system can render water systems susceptible to turbidity and dam blockages, hindering water production for an extended period.

Rumi Samuel

Rumi Samuel

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