Monday, February 19, 2018

Dry spell alert

THE country may have to brace itself for water supply challenges in the coming months.

The Meteorological Services and the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) yesterday both warned of a dry rainy season until August.

A “Dry Spell Alert” was issued by the Met Office at Piarco to WASA, following persistent below-normal rainfall since the start of the rainy season last month.

The dry spell is forecast to extend until August.

The authority, in a news release yesterday, said the prevai­ling rainfall situation, the start of recovery of the country’s water reserves that usually follows the dry season, has not been realised.

The Met Office has advised the authority that if rainfall amounts do not increase around the country, water reserves will be challenged going into the second half of the rainy season.

According to the authority, the Met Office has stated, “Unusually dry weather in the second half of the 2014 dry season and the early part of the wet season has resulted in rainfall that was well below average in most parts of the country and this pattern is likely until the end of June 2014.

“Although the 2014 wet season has begun, it is expected that June to August will not see as much rain as in previous years.

“In this regard, we are initiating a Dry Spell Alert or watch as we are likely to see deficits of rainfall into August.”

As a result, customers are therefore advised that the current water supply schedules, published on June 8 in the newspapers, will remain in effect until further notice.

The schedules are also available on WASA’s website,, and at its Facebook page.