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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Thursday, January 20, 2011 –  The Water and Sewerage Company—WASCO—continues—to stress the importance of the storage of pipe-borne water, even as the water supply has been restored to more than 90 percent of the island.


Managing Director John Joseph says  the restoration of the  municipal supply  does not mean that householders or the corporate sector should relax their responsibility of ensuring  that there is clean water stored in reasonable quantities.


This caution was reiterated  at WASCO's recent  press conference to update  consumers on the status of repair and recovery works that has been undertaken since the passage of Hurricane Tomas at the end of October.


The disaster  left much of the  island's water infrastructure including the John Compton dam severely damaged.


The company's  Managing Director John Joseph says though  90 percent of the country already has access to potable water, the company is still conducting pipeline-testing and other works related to  the recovery  after the hurricane.


Asked how WASCO may cope in the event of  another water crisis  Manager of WASCO John  Joseph had this response:


“Our visual investigations of the dam  suggest that we do not have the amount [of water] Thursday, January 20, 2011 that we had last year and so if we are going to be rationing the supply it will be a lot more stringent rationing to take us through a long period. I think we should always be conserving water. I think we should be on guard, always conserving water, I think we should be very vigilant  of storage, our personal storage as well.”


Mr. Joseph says  there are still challenges being addressed in the Ciceron area where  some broken pipelines exist. He says WASCO is optimistic that this  situation will be resolved by next week.


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