Falklands : St Helena: WATER SITUATION REMAINS CRITICAL
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Public Relations Information Office) 07.07.2013 (Article Archived on 04.08.2013)
Stored Water Levels in Redhill Zone Sufficient for 14 Days
SITUATION REMAINS CRITICAL
Water Levels in Redhill Zone Sufficient for 14 Days
The continued dry weather on St
Helena has meant that the water situation in affected areas remains critical.
Due to the irregular rainfall we
are currently experiencing, our reservoirs are filling slower than required
and, although stored water levels at Redhill have slightly extended to around 14
days of supply, water levels remain exceptionally low. Only the piping of
additional water to Redhill is maintaining our volumes.
Pumping from Hutts Gate, via
Grapevine Gut, to Scotts Mill reservoir continues this week - supplying roughly
a day’s consumption (at the reduced level) for each days pumping. Over the
weekend 900 cubic metres of water was pumped from the Longwood area to Redhill.
The supply from Grapevine Gut is
now very low and pumping is being managed to balance the demand on the Hutts Gate
reservoir for both the Hutts Gate and Longwood supply area and the Redhill
zone. Preparatory work, including vegetation clearance, to pump water from
Levelwood into the Hutts Gate system has also started – in advance of pipe and
pump deliveries on the RMS.
Residents served by the Redhill
distribution plant are once again thanked for their continued reduced
consumption of around 280 cubic metres per day and are urged to continue to
lower their consumption. The Island as a whole is reminded that the Hosepipe
Ban is still in force – every effort to reduce water consumption must continue
in order to stretch the water supplies until we receive some substantial
Bowsering and pumping from
reliable sources clearly has implications for the totality of St Helena’s water
supplies. Water is ultimately a finite resource on this Island and we thank all
districts for reducing their water consumption.
Connect Saint Helena Ltd continues
to treat all leaks and burst pipes as a priority.
Please continue to reduce your
water consumption and use only for essential domestic needs for the foreseeable
2 July 2013