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JVD suffers as contractor hijacks Water & Sewerage employees

Representative of the Second District where Jost Van Dyke is located, Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull.

Second District Representative Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull has blasted a private company that the Department of Water & Sewerage has contracted to provide potable water to the residents of Jost Van Dyke.

Speaking in the House of Assembly on December 14, Turnbull said there is an inconsistent supply of water on Jost Van Dyke where people sometimes go months without having the vital commodity.

Coupled with that, he said the two employees at the Department of Water & Sewerage stationed on the sister island to assist the people are often hijacked to do repairs for the private company which should has its own staff.

“The two employees of the Water & Sewerage Department on Jost Van Dyke find themselves in the contractor’s building doing repair works for them — at our expense! I brought it to the attention of the [Water & Sewerage] Minister, I brought it to the attention of the Director and I’m saying it publicly, it needs to stop. You (the contractor) have a job to do. When your parts break down, have your people come over there to fix them,” Turnbull expressed.

He continued: “But because the two employees have so much concern for the people of Jost Van Dyke, they do what they have to do.”

In the end, Turnbull called for the government to improve the water availability on Jost Van Dyke — a community which often feels like the “forgotten island” of the BVI.

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  1. Please says:

    BVI News propaganda… tell the Whole Truth, not one sided facts. Plus if he truly cared he would have helped JVD when his party was in control… as VIP stated in the House of Assembly.

  2. questions says:

    Doesn’t the Private company has it own staff?
    I mean if Water and Sewage can rectify the water Situation please I see too many buss pipes running water to let me know water is on in the area

  3. Doh says:

    It would be best if jvd was part of the USVI. They could secede and be granted full protections and rights. An RO water plant would be built and installed tomorrow.

    But carry on

    • @Dod says:

      The US would raise the land tax so high that all of the locals would have to move, that’s what they did to St. John. To get Africans out and rich European to take ownership of the lands. They did not kill them off like they did the Tainos, they taxed them off their lands.

  4. Peev says:

    Stuck on the word “has”….the torture. HAVE HAVE HAVE!!

  5. john public says:

    WE NEED BIWATER OVER ON JOST VAN DYKES TO GET WATER 24/7

  6. BVI TRUTH says:

    It’s NOT THE PRIVATE COMPANY THE PRIVATE COMPANY MAKING WATER. It’s WATER & SEWERAGE THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DISTRIBUTION AND ALL THEIR PUMP STATIONS ARE DOWN.

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