By BBN Staff: Caye Caulker village is currently experiencing an extended water interruption.
Belize Water Services (BWS) today issued a statement saying that on Sunday, December 29, at about 11:00 a.m. the Caye Caulker Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant experienced a shut down due to a broken main drive shaft.
This shaft had just been replaced on December 24, with the previous drive shaft having performed for 8 years before wearing out.
Unfortunately, the BWS team realized, at the time, that the replacement shaft was slightly out of alignment and prone to failure. Replacement shafts were immediately ordered, and are due for shipment out of the US later this week.
In addition, the statement informed that by today, the 150,000-gallon water storage for the island has now been depleted.
BWS will be dispatching 12,000 gallons of water via water trucks on barges to help provide customers on the island with water.
The limited supply of water will be rationed to customers in coordination with the Caye Caulker Village Council.
BWS says that a team of technicians has been dispatched to the island to install a customized shaft in an effort to get the plant operational by the end of today.
The company is hopeful of having this issue fully resolved within the next few days.
BWS apologized for the inconvenience caused by this situation.