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Mauritius: Mauritians accused of being "of big water wasters" according to the president of the CWA




Mauritius: Mauritians accused of being "of big water wasters" according to the president of the CWA
May 2013 was the least prolific month in terms of precipitation since 1985 while drought threatened dangerously on the horizon, the president of the public body in charge of the distribution of water in Mauritius (CWA), Prem Saddul, corrects in an interview with the newspaper the Dimanche L'hebdo Mauritian subscribers who "use water according to their wishes and not according to their needs".

Accusing Mauritians to be "big water wasters", the President of the CWA invites the public to change their behavior and insists that "we must instill a culture of non-waste, the use intelligently and responsibly "of the precious liquid.

"Every Mauritian consumes an average of 170 liters of drinking water per day and this figure is high compared to Europe and Singapore with 140 liters of water per day", says Prem Saddul.

The latter does not, however, want to decide on a rate increase explaining that "the issue is a political decision" but said that if "Mauritians pay more for water, they will understand the importance of cost."

As a reminder, the public body of the CWA wants first observe the evolution of the state of water resources (hill reservoirs, aquifers and rivers rivers) until mid-October before consider moving to more drastic measures to the general public, such as including a ban on watering or washing vehicles.



Fabrice François


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