Work on the new reservoir at Perot Hill in Virgin Gorda is in its final stages and will hold vastly more water than the previous tank.
A June 19 media release by the Department of Water and Sewage said North Sound residents will be experiencing an improved water supply once the new 28-feet glass-fused-to-steel reservoir is completed.
“The new tank is expected to address the storage concerns, as it has a holding capacity of about three hundred thousand (300,000) gallons of water. This is over 400 percent of the holding capacity of the fibreglass reservoir to be replaced in the Bond,” said Director of the department, Pearline Scatliffe-Leonard.
She also said that the replacement was necessary since maintenance of the old reservoir, which was in operation for an estimated 25 years, was becoming too expensive.
“Through all the repairs and maintenance efforts, the reservoir presented challenges — most notably, the inability to maintain the six feet of water, resulting in leaks at the panel joints, to a reduced yield of three feet of water being maintained,” Scatliffe-Leonard said.
The transfer of the pumping main from the old to the new reservoir has already started and will take an estimated two weeks to complete.
The process will include the installation of an underground by-pass line. This line “would become a contingent alternative provision of water in the event that maintenance is needed on the reservoir”.
Residents in the Bond area are asked to replenish their cisterns and other storage containers as disruption of the water service will occur once the transferring of the water begins. It is expected to take an additional three days to fill the new reservoir.
A notice will be issued informing the residents when the filling of the reservoir will begin.
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