The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has placed a number of Caribbean countries under immediate drought warnings or watches.
The Barbados-based agency said last year was the driest on record for the Eastern Caribbean and some other areas and that the 2015-2016 drought situation is similar to the major drought of 2009-2010.
CDEMA said in a statement that drought alerts have been issued by the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology for several countries up to March 2016.
The countries include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, northern Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and northern Suriname.
GIS News spoke with Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company, Edward Registe.
He says, “We are really encouraging all Dominicans to practice water conservation. In particular if you have leaky pipes at home, please repair them because leaks waste water and we cannot afford to waste water at this point in time; not even the drops that you feel are [negligible].
“We also want to say to people to not use water indiscriminately. Sometimes we feel that we have 365 rivers so the hose can run. Many times we are depriving people at higher elevations …when we do those things. We urge all Dominicans to practice water conservation and encourage others to do the same.”
Registe says water is becoming a scarce resource worldwide and Dominica could lose its supply if consumers are not careful.