In St. Kitts, our Public Water Supply is 100% dependent on rainfall. According to information from our Meteorological Services, so far for 2021 (Jan-April) we have received a total of approximately 6 inches of Rainfall. In 2020 for the same period, we received a total of 12 inches; the long term (climatological) average for this period is 15 inches. We have therefore received half of the rainfall we received last year and a third of what is typical or normal.
This translates to a Severe Dry Season or Drought. The Water Services Department has been doing our best to cope with this lack of rainfall. We are now asking all citizens/residents to do their part to conserve what little water we have:
(1) Check your premises for any leaks and have them repaired immediately.
The St. Kitts government has announced yesterday that they will continue with their water rationing. According to the government, this season has had a significant reduction in rainfall which has forced their hand.
The St. Kitts Ministry of Public Infrastructure announced interruptions of water service commencing at 9pm each day and will resume at 5.30am the following morning. The water will not be turned off during weekends.
Depending on your location, you may lose water at different times throughout the night due to the majority of the water system in St. Kitts being gravity based.
The simplest way to help is to reduce your usage in water, here are some tips how:
Fill the wash basin with water instead of letting the tap continuously run
Use a dishwasher rather (a full dishwasher will actually use less water than washing dishes by hand with a running tap)
Take shorter showers
Report or fix leaky taps
Toilets can be major water waster. A running or leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water per day, that’s 6000 gallons per month
Avoid using sprinklers during the day but rather use them early in the morning or in the evening
Wash your vehicle with a bucket of water rather than a running hose
If any of our tenants have a leaky or running toilet or leaky faucet, please create a ticket in the portal and we’ll fix the issue as soon as possible.
The government of St. Kitts has apps and a relatively large social media presence to notify the public of issues, here are some important links:
What a week we’re having. Things usually aren’t this bad but even major cities in the developed world have their issues too I suppose.
Please be advised that your water supply has been interrupted by the St. Kitts Water Department, to facilitate an emergency repair of the main pipe located along the Frigate Bay Road.
We anticipate that this work will take several hours for completion.
Your patience and understanding will be greatly appreciated.
We’ve heard that the water will return around 1.30pm today.
We’re currently going through a drought right now. The government has made efforts to avoid an entire collapse of the water system including shutting off the water at night and buying water from some of the desalination plants for the hotels. It helps but what we really need is a steady supply of rainfall, preferably not from hurricanes please.
UPDATE BY THE ST KITTS WATER DEPARTMENT
The Water Services Department is presently executing emergency repairs to a 10” diameter water transmission line in the Frigate Bay area. There will be an interruption to supply for the time that it will take to complete all repair works. Work will be done in a brisk manner to have the service returned as soon as possible. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused. We do appreciate your usual patience and understanding at this time. Signed Water Engineer Planning