The government has responded to calls to address the water crisis, measures are now being implemented to ensure schools have sufficient water supply amid the ongoing drought season. This comes only two days, after the leader of the opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, made a call for the shortage of water to be addressed before school reopens.

During the last school year the water crisis led to students being sent home and closure of schools. Minister with responsibility for water, Pearnel Charles Jnr says the National Water Commission (NWC) is engaging principals for the schools that have been affected to make arrangements to provide trucked water.

He says potable water continues to be a priority for the Government, the Ministry and the National Water Commission. Rural Water Supply Limited has constructed rainwater harvesting infrastructure and storage tanks at multiple schools across the island. Despite these implementations, the Minister notes that there are still challenges in the delivery of water to some schools.

He is also urging the public to refrain from stealing and to become legal customers. NWC representatives have been assigned to maintain contact with school administrators to monitor water distribution in schools. Administrators may contact the NWC toll-free 888-225-5692 for assistance.