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Sunday, May 26, 2024

    Cayon Well Project Completed And Meets World Health Organization Standards For Drinking Water

    During its commissioning on Friday, May 10, 2024, the Hon. Konris Maynard, Minister of Public Infrastructure, triumphantly declared the Cayon Well project’s completion. This accomplishment is a significant step toward resolving the community of Cayon and its surrounding areas’ long-standing problems with water scarcity.

    Minister Maynard expressed his appreciation and commendation to BEAD (Bedrock Exploration and Drilling Company) for identifying the site through the application of contemporary geophysical exploration techniques.

    The St. Kitts and Nevis government has reported a 20 percent decline in rainfall during the last ten years, with a 40 percent decrease in just the prior year. In an attempt to solve this issue, the Labour-led government has increased its water budget by more than 400 percent since taking office.

    The manager of the St. Kitts Water Services Department and Water Engineer, Cromwell Williams, echoed Minister Maynard’s statement that “the public can have full confidence in the safety and quality of our water supplies.” Mr. Williams also mentioned that if there are any concerns regarding the quality of the water, they can contact the Ministry of Health experts who conduct monthly water testing.

    Meanwhile, Minister Maynard stated that the initial tests showed the water was potable and that BEAD conducted a final round of tests a few weeks ago, which confirmed that the water meets all World Health Organization (WHO) standards for drinking water.

    The government’s strategy to address the persistent problem of water security, according to Minister Maynard, includes more than just the installation of the Cayon water well.

    He continued by saying that in addition to building a two million gallon desalination plant in Basseterre, the government is investigating the possibility of rehabilitating a well in the Shadwell region to see if it might generate potable water.

    Canada Estate has already started construction on a smaller desalination plant.

    The minister also mentioned that in order to find more possible wells in St. Kitts, a helicopter geophysical study will be carried out in the following weeks.


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