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Major water leaks detected in Sea Cow’s Bay area; over 250 gallons being wasted per minute

Kye Rymer

Preliminary investigations on the longstanding Sea Cow’s Bay water dilemma have revealed a high degree of leaks in the area.

This is according to Minister of Works & Utilities Kye Rymer while delivering statements in the House of Assembly on Tuesday, December 18.

He said the probe uncovered that more than 250 gallons of water per minute of water has been leaked to date.

“One of the major challenges is that more water is leaving the Hannah Hill reservoir than what goes in. There is a 150 to 180 gallon per minute entering the reservoir, and 360 to 400 gallons per minute leaving,” Minister Rymer stated.

“Based on the population size in the Sea Cow’s Bay area, there should only be 100 to 160 gallons per minute leaving the reservoir. Just as we had suspected, there are many leaks in the system which are being repaired as they are detected,” the minister added.

The minister said works have begun for a high-priority water improvement project in the Sea Cow’s Bay area.

Repair to leaks to be completed by weekend

The repairs to the detected leaks are expected to be fully completed by the end of the week. In the meantime, residents will continue to be supplied with water at the stipulated times.

“As a result of the leaks that are being repaired, the businesses and residents of the area are supplied with water from 4 am now to 8 pm. This is a significant improvement from the previous 4 am to 10 am.”

“Residents in the area living at elevation at about 150 feet above sea level or higher will still not have water at this point, but installation of small booster stations, strategically placed, will solve this problem,” Rymer added.

Second Phase to finish by January 2020

The second phase of the project is expected to commence following the completion of the installation of pumps in the Long Trench and Diamond areas.

Minister Rymer says works on the second phase is expected to be completed by the second week in January 2020.

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  1. oh yeah says:

    he is doing way better than mark

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    • Help says:

      That is approximately $11,000 a day in waste. Or $4 million a year. Which is approximately 1.3% of government annual spending.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    The system is leaking terribly throughout the territory. Indeed, there is more that neds to be done relative to piping inspection throughout the territory.

    The respectable gentleman, just needs to get out, look, investigate, watch, listen, ask questions and he will unearth facts that will stagger him.

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  3. Smh says:

    When your government done fix it ayu need send home some these island people especially them vincy.

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  4. 7+ 7 =14 says:

    The pump at the bottom of the gardhouse hill need to suck the warter UP THE HILL which will not broke the pipes(sucking contracts .pushing expands .

  5. Anonymous says:

    Those times are not correct for most of last week water was not on at all at least not at 6:30 am. I will check today and confirm if water is available but I doubt it giving the recent trend.

  6. All wet says:

    The pipe been leaking in brewers bay since before irma.thats 2 years now.

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  8. just says:

    There is a pipe liking going up the Fort Hill

  9. Will not work says:

    The stretch of road from the clinic to Nanny cay has some useless pipes in it. Every two weeks when there was regular water supply Water and sewage was in that area repairing the pipes. that whole stretch of pipes needs to change. As soon a one leak is patch and the pressure builds up another leak appears. Mr. Minister it takes more to repair the pipes than to keep fixing the leaks. Please Mr. Minister, Please change those pipes. It is also about time you start looking at using 6 inches pipes for the mains instead of these little 3 inches pipes that cannot take the back pressure from the hills. .

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