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St Lucia facing drought worries

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

St Lucia facing drought worries

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CASTRIES – With less than one millimetre of rainfall per day, there are growing fears in St Lucia that the island could be heading for a drought.
Statistics indicate that the John Compton Dam is running at half its capacity and they are currently in a dry spell.
Chief Met Officer Vernantius Descartes says in just a few days, this forecast could be updated to declare drought conditions, especially in the north of the island.
Meanwhile, Water Resource Officer Fitzgerald John says there are many simple measures each person can take to save the precious resource.
He urged St Lucians to use water sparingly, start collecting rain water and to refrain from watering their lawns, or do so only at night.
In 2010, the St Lucia government declared a water emergency amidst a drought that had also affected other Caribbean countries. (HTS)