The Water & Sewage Department has said works are being conducted to have the Diamond Pump Station back up and running so potable water can be returned to various communities on Tortola.
Director of Water & Sewage Perline Scatliffe-Leonard said the pump station, which services more than nine communities on the mainland, became non-functional after its motor over-heated on March 10.
Scatliffe-Leonard said a decision was subsequently made to fast-track the installation of a new pump that will be equipped with a Variable Frequency Drive-defense mechanism to prevent similar instances from reoccurring.
“This mechanism drives the motor by varying the frequency and voltage supplied to the electric pump. This eliminates the burning of its electrical components and its motor and minimises interruptions to the service,” the Director stated.
Third District Representative plea
This announcement comes a day after Third District Representative Julian Fraser called on government to shed light on why his district had been without water for a few weeks.
“I want to apologise at this particular time for the difficulties that the people in my district is going through because they don’t have any water. Been going on now for about a week and I don’t see any end in sight,” Fraser said at the time.
“I hope the government is listening and will do something about it, make an announcement somehow to let the folks know that relief is on its way,” he added.
The communities which will continue to experience water interruptions during the repairs include Sage Mountain, Cane Garden Bay, Fahie Hill, Great Mountain, Mayaba, Sea Cows Bay, Brewers Bay, Upper McNamara, Meyers and surrounding areas.
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