The Water and Sewerage Authority is reminding its customers of the ongoing impact of the harsh 2019 and 2020 Dry Seasons, which has led to low water levels at the country’s main impounding reservoirs.
This comes as the Chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation said that it had been over a week since 70% of the Princes Town Region has been without a proper supply of pipe-borne water.
According to a release, the Navet Reservoir that supplies the Princes Town is currently at 24% capacity, while the long term average for this time is 59%.
As a result of this situation, production at the Navet Water Treatment Plant has been reduced from the normal 20 million gallons per day (mgd) to 16 mgd.
This has negatively impacted the Authority’s ability to maintain the reliability of supply to areas at elevated points and the extremities of the distribution system in particular.
Notwithstanding the reduced water availability, WASA said it has been working to prudently manage the distribution of water to the various communities supplied by the Navet Water Treatment Plant.
However, there was a disruption in service last Thursday, which was caused by emergency repairs to a ruptured transmission pipeline.
The pipe-borne water supply has been restored to several areas in the Region of Princes Town, while other areas including Tableland and New Grant are expected to receive a supply over the course of Tuesday and today, Wednesday.
Particularly with regard to the Princes Town West Secondary School, a truck borne water supply was provided on Tuesday, and arrangements have been made to closely monitor the supply to this and other Secondary Schools being used for CXC/CAPE examinations, as well as Primary Schools housing SEA classes at this time.
Where a pipe-borne supply is not available for such schools, a truck borne service will be provided.
WASA said it also continues to liaise with various Local Government Representatives towards providing a truck borne service to customers, where a pipe-borne service may be challenging at this time.