It’s possible that the Barbados Water Authority’s water prohibition notice, due to end this month may be extended into September with a decision to be made this week in the midst of water supply issues that the BWA’s general manager says are approaching crisis proportions.

The state agency’s head Keith Roy-Halliday tells Starcom Network News that while rain has been falling, it’s not enough to adequately replenish the underground water sources following years of drought and the dry spell earlier this year. This has left water demand outstripping supply.

Mr. Halliday says part of their response has been to significantly increase the output from the Ionics Desalination Plant.

He sees the water situation as a national issue requiring a national response and also issued an appeal to customers especially those in the worst affected areas.