Hon. Shawn Richards, Minister with responsibility for Public Infrastructure and Deputy Prime Minister comments on problems with Shadwell 2 during the Aug. 11 Prime Minister’s Press Conference.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — In efforts to rectify the current Cayon water situation, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is in the process of testing the Shadwell Well Number 2, according to Hon. Shawn Richards, Minister with responsibility for Public Infrastructure and Deputy Prime Minister.

“The Ministry of Public Infrastructure is aware of the concerns of the residents of Cayon relative to the supply of water,” said Hon Richards.

“One of the things that we are doing at this time is to look at a well in Shadwell Number 2,” said Richards. “We are being advised that Shadwell Number 2, can be connected to the cistern in Bayford’s, to feed water into Cayon, however we have had concerns with Shadwell 2.

“When it was developed, Shadwell 2 a number of different tests were done on the quality of water. The initial test showed that the quality of the water is not such that it should be put into production for persons to consume, however, we are in the process of testing.

“Recently a test was done by the St. Kitts bureau of standards, those results looked very good,” said Richards. “The director there said that the quality looks like that of bottled water that we could use to drink.

“However, out of an abundance of caution, the decision has been taken to test the water at other labs outside the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Last week we sent a water sample to a lab in Miami. We have been told the turnaround time is approximately 10 business days, therefore we are waiting on the results.”

Minister Richards said that he reached out to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) which also has a lab in Saint Lucia to test the water as well.

“RSS assisted us on Aug. 10 in transporting a Shadwell 2 water sample to Saint Lucia.

“RSS made special provisions to come into St. Kitts and take the water back to Saint Lucia. I am advised that the turnaround time coming from CARPHA is about five business days. We are awaiting the test from those two labs.

“After we are satisfied with the results, a decision can be made to put Shadwell 2 into production thereby bringing some temporary relief to the people of Cayon,” said the minister.

“If the results from Shadwell 2 are not good, we have to put a reverse osmosis system in place to purify the water coming from that well,” he explained. “An alternative has also been suggested to the ministry to ensure that the water is safe for consumption,” concluded the Minister of Public Infrastructure.