St Helena : WATER SITUATION REMAINS SERIOUS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 31.07.2013 (Article Archived on 28.08.2013)
Despite the intermittent rainfall currently being experienced on St Helena, the water situation in affected areas remains serious.
SITUATION REMAINS SERIOUS
Consumption Must Stay Low
to Maintain Stored Water Levels
Despite the intermittent rainfall
currently being experienced on St Helena, the water situation in affected areas
This week’s headline message is
consumption has to remain low to maintain stored water levels in the Redhill
distribution zone. These levels, although higher than earlier, are only being
maintained by intermittent rainfall and reduced consumption – If the rain stops
and consumption levels rise, we could easily slip back into a critical
The public are therefore urged to
maintain efforts to reduce domestic water consumption wherever possible and
stretch this resource, until we return to normal rainfall patterns.
Members of the public wishing to
use untreated water for construction and agricultural purposes are reminded
that they need to liaise with Connect St Helena, who will advise them on how
much water can be used and where it can be used from.
Connect Saint Helena continues to
monitor and collect water volume and consumption data. Contingency measures
remain in place should rainfall reduce to a point where it seriously affects
stored water levels.
The latest weather forecast
indicates a dry day today, turning wetter towards the end of this week. Ahead
of us lies the dry period between September/October and March.
Hosepipe Ban and Water Quality
Lowered water consumption in
Levelwood is causing water quality issues. Because of the possible health
implications which could arise from water staying in the system longer than
usual, it has been decided to lift the Hose Pipe ban in the Levelwood area as a
temporary measure to flush the system and lower the risk of bacterial water
contamination. The Hosepipe ban remains in place for all other areas of the
Residents in the Redhill water
zone are also reminded to continue to boil their water as a precautionary
measure. Persons consuming the water from Casons do so at their own risk and
should heed the signage there.
30 July 2013