St Helena : WATER SITUATION IN AFFECTED AREAS REMAINS CRITICAL
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 02.06.2013 (Article Archived on 30.06.2013)
The countdown to a partial water shutdown on St Helena continues as stored water levels remain exceptionally low. The light rains over the past two days have helped very slightly but have not raised stored levels.
COUNTDOWN TO PARTIAL WATER
WATER SITUATION IN AFFECTED
AREAS REMAINS CRITICAL
The countdown to a partial water
shutdown on St Helena continues as stored water levels remain exceptionally
low. The light rains over the past two days have helped very slightly but have
not raised stored levels.
Consumption from the Red Hill
Treatment Plant is disappointingly high at 373 cubic metres today, compared
with a normal average of roughly 400 cubic metres. We must stretch this precious resource – please use less water in this
area. Stored levels still
only give us about 6 days’ supply.
The medium term weather forecast
shows no substantial rainfall over the next few days, so the Contingency
Planning Group (CPG) is progressing the plan for shutting off domestic water in
specific areas if necessary. This will see water tanks at key locations in the
Red Hill Treatment Plant area and other public sources (for example, in
Jamestown) to ensure that the public can access the water they need.
The affected areas would be Half Tree Hollow, Cowpath, Ladder Hill, Red
Hill, Sapper Way, New Ground, Clay Gut, Pounceys, Kunjie Field, Scotland,
Plantation, Cleughs Plain, Rosemary Plain, Francis Plain, Crack Plain and
Specific sites for public water
tanks are being identified and tanks deployed (an ongoing process). CPG has
been discussing this and other matters with third parties, including merchants,
retailers, Faith groups and Basil Read.
Residents in the affected areas
will now want to consider whether they have suitable clean containers to
collect water, and will no doubt also be thinking of family and friends who
might be vulnerable and needing help. If we have to take the step of shutting
off supplies, we have been examining phasing options.
A Control Centre, which will be
manned during the day, evening and weekends, has now been assembled and systems
are being put in place should actual shut down happen.
Some specific reports have been
received about water wastage, which are now being investigated (principally by
the Police). We urge the public to
continue to think very carefully about their water usage.
public will wish to note that since November last year, St Helena has received
only about a third of the rainfall it would normally expect – not at all like
the seasonal norm.
A water conservation leaflet will
soon be available from Health and Social Welfare, the Customer Service Centre
and various other outlets, including local shops. Further details will follow.
Island-wide hosepipe and sprinkler ban (imposed on Friday 24 May 2013) remains
in place until further notice. All St Helena residents are reminded that they
can now use water for domestic purposes only.
Helena residents - particularly those in the problem areas - are urged to
exercise real care and consideration when using water.
Residents are reminded that they
can save water by:
flushing the toilet on every occasion
washing up water on the garden or vegetable patch
washing machine sparingly and only when full
short shower instead of a bath - you can save up to 90 gallons of water a week
the tap off while brushing teeth - this could save 25 gallons of water a month
bowl when washing vegetables/fruit instead of using running water
your taps for leaks and fixing them - a small drip can amount to 20 gallons a
More water saving tips can be
found online at http://www.thameswater.co.uk/home/540.htm
Residents not served by the Red Hill Treatment Plant may use water for
agriculture if they are growing on a
large scale for commercial purposes. Such residents should ask ENRD to
answer any specific questions they have.
of fresh water on a small scale, such as on household vegetable patches, is
prohibited throughout the Island.
water storage situation at Harpers remains severe.
The Contingency Planning Group
includes members from Connect SH Ltd, Health and Social Welfare, ENRD, the
Police and other senior SHG officials.
Leaks in mains supplies remain a
priority and any problems should be reported promptly to Connect Saint Helena
Ltd on telephone 2255 during working hours, or 2522 out of hours.