Water Production in Antigua

Water is necessary, whether big or small

Currently, on average, the nation of Antigua requires approximately 7 million imperial gallons a day. Three types of water sources are used in water production in Antigua; the sea, surface water and ground water. The sea is all around the Island, surface water is from rain which gathers in ponds and dams, and ground water from deep within the earth, accessed through wells.

The breakdown of the supply is as follows:

Reverse Osmosis Plants

  • The APUA Crabbs RO Plant – 3.1 million imperial gallons
  • The APUA Camp Blizzard Plant – 600,000 imperial gallons
  • The Ffryes Beach Reverse Osmosis Plant – 600,000 imperial gallons
  • The Pigeon Point RO Plant – 330,000 imperial gallons
  • The Ivan Rodrigues RO Plant – 1.6 million imperial gallons

Water Treatment Plants

  • Delapps Water Treatment Plant – 1.5 million imperial gallons
  • Bendals Water Treatment Plant – 700,000 imperial gallons

Ground Water

  • Well fields – 400,000 imperial gallons

APUA, rising to the increased need for water in Antigua has been expanding production capacity over the years. The newest additions to the water production system are the Pigeon Point RO Plant which adds up to 600,000 imperial gallons, and the Ivan Rodrigues RO plant (formerly Shell Beach RO plant) which adds up to 1.6 million gallons.

Currently APUA has an agreement with Eneserve (now known as Sembcorp) to produce a minimum of 3.1 million imperial gallons. This agreement was originally signed in 1992 at a time when APUA did not have the technical abilities to operate a Reverse Osmosis Plant. The Authority has since over the past decade been able to upgrade its technical staff and abilities and has installed two reverse osmosis plants. These plants only operate when the need arises. Producing water via reverse osmosis is a costly venture which requires a large amount of electricity. APUA tries to rely on surface and ground water as much as possible given the inexpensive nature of its production. As a drought prone island, relying on surface and ground water often becomes difficult, this creates the need for reverse osmosis.

At this time APUA declines to respond to the recent press statements made by Sembcorp as we are investigating the confidentiality terms of our agreement and will respond in due time.