Work Monday despite island-wide water shortages

River water quality at the main Dalaway Intake…
The challenge continues (Photo and caption are from the Central Water and Sewage Authority’s page)

By Demion McTair. Updated 5:05 p.m., Sunday, April 11, 2021, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Public officers and other employees of the State are required to report to work tomorrow, Monday, April 12, 2021, the Office of the Prime Minister stated in a Media Release Sunday.

The requirement has come as the country is facing continuous explosive eruptions of the La Soufriere volcano which have left thousands in shelters . The eruptions have also produced ash fall that has crippled the country’s water supply.

Up to press time, many communities were without water for nearly 24 hours.

In the release, the Office of the Prime Minister said that in the circumstances, “it is necessary to ensure continuity of critical services, as far as possible, in the public and private sectors”.

The release stated that “persons who are unable to report to their usual places of work are requested to contact their respective managers and supervisors.

According to the release, these include workers who have been displaced or evacuated due to the explosive eruption of the La Soufriere volcano, persons assigned to emergency shelters by NEMO, and those who experience difficulties getting to and from their workplaces.

The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is also requesting that private enterprises which provide essential goods and services to the public continue their operations to the extent possible in the circumstances.

These include financial institutions, money transfer services, gas stations, supermarkets, wholesale distributors, manufacturers of essential products, and others.

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