Construction boom will not increase water shortage - Charles

The government is seeking to allay concern that the current construction boom will increase water shortages going into 2020.

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Pearnel Charles Jr, has laid out plans to improve the supply of water.

Concern has increased recently about the number of construction projects and the impact on limited water supply especially in the Corporate Area.

However, Charles says work which has been taking place should increase the availability of water.

“Why I’m not worried is because the approach we are taking now is one that is integrated. So you will see that the infrastructure work that we are doing includes water rehabilitation. And as we move forward, we have a plan that will be able to satisfy the consumption needs, even with the buildings.... Once we are able to carry out the works that I’ve laid out, we will be more than able to provide for water,” said Charles, who was a guest on RJR's Beyond the Headlines on Thursday.

Meanwhile, he also addressed the concern that there will again be extreme water shortage and related challenges next year - stating that it will not be the same. 

“The reality is that we need $3.5 billion to treat just the utility services. We are not in a situation where we can say that we have resolved all the issues. I have already met with the truckers because we are planning for next year. It may not be one hundred per cent, but we are going to get there,” he said. 



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