Friday 15 November, 2019

Rainy Season has begun but water restrictions remain, says Minister

The rainy season is here but don't get too excited.

Minister of Public Utilities Robert Le Hunte says water restrictions implemented during the dry season are still in place.

Le Hunte said the restrictions will continue until water reserves are back to acceptable levels.

The Minister was speaking following the Rotary Club of Port of Spain's "Luncheon with a Purpose" meeting on Tuesday.

“I have good news and bad news," he said.

"The good news is the rainy season has now started and therefore, that’s a good sign that we are experiencing rain. But the bad news...the projections for the rainy season for the months of June and July we are expecting rainfall that is below the national average and therefore that is not something that is good because we are not going to get as much rain as we would have previously gotten before.”

Added to that, Le Hunte said the rainfall the country is currently seeing is following a particularly severe dry season.

"That rainfall is coming on the backs of what was said to be the worst dry period that we have experienced in the past 19 years and the 3rd worst dry period in the past 74 years."

“Therefore a lot of our dams are way below the levels they should be at this time of the year, the Navet dam, in particular, is over 50 per cent below. The other dams somewhere ranging from 30 to 40 per cent below. And therefore we need to continue to conserve water.”

Le Hunte said the restrictions and water schedules put in place over the dry season will continue to be in effect until the reserves are back to a sustainable level.

“Until we get our dam levels back up to an acceptable level, we are going to continue to monitor the dam levels and we will monitor the rainfall...and based on how that develops we will make adjustments down the road.”

Le Hunte urged the public to continue to conserve water. He, however, said adjustments have been made in the supply schedule to allow critical areas to have a water supply ahead of today's Eid celebrations. 

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