As of yesterday, consumers in the Eastern region of the island was getting water only a day. The water crisis, which was initially affecting only the Central Plateau region, is now hitting more than half of the island; water supply in the South was cut to once a day last week.
CWA Communications ManagerBhishek Narain said the decision to provide water only once a day for the Eastern region was prompted by the rate at which the Piton du Milieu reservoir is drying up; it was at 75% capacity on Tuesday.
Mr Narain said that some 150,000 families will be affected by the new restriction. The CWA and other stakeholders are to launch a national campaign to make the population more aware of the crisis.
"Officers of the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities and the CWA met with representatives of the ministries of Youth and Sports, Agro Industry and Food Security, Health and Quality of Life, Local Government and Outer Islands and Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare which will help raise awareness among the public on judicious use of water,” Mr Narain said.
The CWA implemented a more severe water supply regime for the southern part of the country from last week mainly because the Mont Blanc Borehole, which has been providing 11,000 cubic metres of water daily, has dropped to 8,500 cubic metres.
Mr Narain told NEWSNOW that the situation is not only because of Mont Blanc but also because all other water resources are gradually drying up.