NAWASA On Preparedness Amidst Approaching Weather System 

PR – The National Water and Sewerage Authority  (NAWASA) continues to monitor the path of Hurricane Beryl, which is expected to affect  Grenada and its dependencies starting Sunday, June 30th, 2024. The country is currently under a  Hurricane Watch, indicating that hurricane conditions are anticipated within the next 48 hours. 

In light of this, NAWASA’s preparatory actions to maintain and restore water and sewerage  services are crucial to national post-disaster activities. Consequently, NAWASA is implementing its Disaster Management Plan, which includes measures to protect the Authority’s infrastructure.  On Saturday, June 29th, 2024, our Disaster Response Team convened to assess all water systems  and organize logistics and activities to ensure the safety of our staff and integrity of the water  supply systems. 

NAWASA’s primary goal during this period is to keep all water treatment plants operational so  that individuals can fill storage tanks and containers with enough water to last a minimum of three  days. NAWASA acknowledges that some consumers may be unable to maintain a three-day supply  as recommended. If the weather conditions continue, dams may become blocked, hindering supply  distribution. Consumers with limited supplies are encouraged to safely capture rainwater for post disaster use if necessary. 

A planned island-wide network shutdown of all water systems will likely occur a few hours before  the expected impact of the storm or hurricane. The timing for such a temporary shutdown depends  on two factors: weather conditions and the risks involved at different systems. Consumers are  therefore reminded to have water stored in clean, covered containers to last at least three days,  considering their immediate family needs. 

Beryl is expected to move across the Windward Islands late Sunday night and into Monday.  Hurricane conditions are possible in the watch areas on Sunday night or Monday morning, with  tropical storm conditions expected by late Sunday. These conditions can cause high turbidity and  dam blockages, hindering water production for possibly an extended period.

Consumers with storage tanks are encouraged to close the outlets of those tanks as late as  conditions allow, to prevent stored water from being lost through leaks that may occur due to  damaged plumbing during the storm. 

NAWASA thanks the public for their cooperation, understanding, and patience during this period.  With the support of NADMA and the Meteorological Office, NAWASA will continue to monitor  Tropical Storm Beryl and provide water system updates as information becomes available.