In Seychelles, due to drought, water supply was limited

In Seychelles, due to drought, water supply was limited
In Seychelles, due to drought, water supply was limited

In some areas of the Seychelles, restrictions have been imposed on the use of tap water in response to a drought in the island nation, a spokesman for the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) said.

The restrictions mean that residents of most areas on the main island of Mahe will be deprived of water supplies from 10 pm to 4 am. The PUC also urged consumers to use water wisely and avoid using purified water for washing cars or watering gardens.

The main water storage facility, the Rochon Dam, which supplies water to much of the country, is currently 66 percent full. From this dam, water flows to the La Gogue Dam, which is not operational, as work to increase its capacity by 600,000 cubic meters should be completed in the middle of next year.

While there are other rivers and catchments used to collect water for treatment, the utility company said these sources are also being depleted.

"The situation is dire now and the PUC is forced to impose restrictions on the water supply to Mahe. After consulting with the (meteorological) office, we were told that the drought could last for about four months, and even when it rains, it will be less than usual," said General Manager of PUC Water Supply Ibrahima Diallo.

He said that now it is necessary to take restrictive measures so that the PUC can deal with the situation.

Diallo added that although the drought has been going on for four months, "the PUC has been able to cope with it thanks to the projects we have implemented and have been very helpful."

Water scarcity in the Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, is most pronounced during the dry season from May to September, when the southeast trade winds blow.

To avoid water shortages during this period, the PUC has undertaken a number of projects to increase water supplies, notably in Anse Mayor, Mare Eau Cauchon in the north of the main island of Mahe. There is also a project in Caiman, Anse Boileau and a project in L'Islette in Port Glaud, both in the west.

Due to the ongoing drought, Diallo said the PUC is being forced to switch to desalination plants to meet demand.

Desalination plants at Anse Boileau, northern Belombre and the new artificial island of Perseverance in the northeast currently produce 58 percent of the water used.

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