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St Helena : St Helena WATER SITUATION RETURNS TO NORMAL
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 05.10.2013 (Article Archived on 02.11.2013)

In May of this year Connect Saint Helena Ltd and St Helena Government (SHG) declared an Island-wide sprinkler and hosepipe ban. With dry weather forecast for the months ahead domestic water levels on St Helena, especially in the Redhill area





WATER SITUATION RETURNS TO NORMAL



 



 In May of
this year Connect Saint Helena Ltd and St Helena Government (SHG) declared an
Island-wide sprinkler and hosepipe ban. With dry weather forecast for the
months ahead domestic water levels on St Helena, especially in the Redhill
area, had reached exceptionally low levels. Residents in the affected areas
were then urged to exercise great care and restraint when using domestic water.



 



A
Contingency Planning Group (CPG) comprising members from Connect Saint Helena,
Health and Social Welfare, Environment and Natural Resources, the Police and
other senior SHG officials was formed to lead on handling the water situation.



 



The public
were kept abreast of the water situation and reminded of the water restrictions
to prolong the available supply for as long as possible.



 



Fortunately
contingency plans for a partial water shutdown were not activated as
substantive rainfall significantly maximised reservoir levels at Redhill–
following this, Island-wide water restrictions were lifted on 23 August 2013.



 



It was
also announced last week (24 September 2013) that the boil water notice,
previously issued for the Redhill treatment area, had been lifted as water for
domestic purposes was declared good quality.



 



Across the
Island Connect Saint Helena has now resumed a ‘business as usual’ status and
there are no restrictions currently in place.



 



CEO of
Connect Saint Helena, Barry Hubbard reported:



 



“The
shortages in water within the first few months of Connect Saint Helena trading
prompted us to very quickly establish monitoring programs and contingency plans
for the business. With the support of the multi-agency contingency group the
whole water supply situation was put under a great deal of scrutiny and as we
emerge from this difficult period we are in a significantly stronger position
to identify and deal more swiftly with any similar situation that may arise in
the future.”



 



For the
longer term SHG and Connect Saint Helena now have in place a practical and
workable contingency plan to provide advance warning should an event like this
occur in the near future.



 



An
analysis and early warning system has been put in place to better optimise
water already in the system and Connect Saint Helena will also procure
equipment which will enable better monitoring of water flows.



Interim
Water Operations Manager for Connect Saint Helena, Leon De Wet commented:



 



“The
recent water crisis on St Helena has been a lesson learning experience for
everyone and we have now managed to put things right that should have been
right in the first place.



 



“We now
have a fully documented Contingency Plan and better reporting system to account
for changing weather patterns in the event that something similar occurs in the
near future.



 



“We will
continuously maximise spring intakes into water treatment works and we now have
pumping solutions to draw on should this ever happen again. Our new reporting
system will be used as a basis for any decision going forward.”



 



SHG and
Connect Saint Helena would once again like to thank water consumers both in the
affected areas and Island-wide for their reduced consumption which helped to
ease the water situation.



SHG



1 October
2013



 



 

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