BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Rainfall in December 2015 remained well below the traditional average for the period, and a release from the Water Services Department (WSD) on Monday informed customers that water rationing, which temporarily ceased for the Christmas and Carnival celebrations, was being reintroduced from 10 pm to 5 am daily throughout St Kitts.
It advised that “the recent showers only improved the situation slightly” and encouraged “consumers to continue to observe measures that will help to mitigate the upcoming dry period.”
Recommendations urged residents and agencies to repair leaks, purchase cisterns, implement water management contingency plans, and to cease watering grass and washing vehicles with water hoses. Additionally, the WSD will monitor standpipes and fine or disconnect service for violations where applicable. No water will be sold to cruise vessels.
Experts are also warning residents of St Kitts and Nevis to continue water conservation practices.
Elmo Burke, senior meteorological officer based at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, reported that 1.89 inches of rainfall was recorded last month, which is about half of the 3.76 inches of rainfall recorded in the same period in 2014.
Burke forecast that the “below normal rainfall” will persist for the next three months to be followed by a slightly above normal period of rain between April to June. However, he advised that drought like conditions will last up until May 2016.