Works Minister Mark Vanterpool has said plans are in the pipeline to have water fully restored to all factions of the territory soon.
He said most of the territory already has a steady flow of ‘public water’ except for a few communities in the First and Third districts.
“In my assessment, we still continue to have concerns about Sea Cows Bay area and in the western area of the island.”
The Minister said problems persist in those two areas because of leaks in their water distribution system.
In terms of the Sea Cows Bay community, which is located in the Third District, taps remain dry so repair works can continue on the community’s main water line, Vanterpool said.
He said a ‘permanent solution’ is being worked on.
Two more weeks for First District
As for the First District, residents will only have to wait another two weeks for piped water.
However, Vanterpool made that very two-week promise three months ago during a meeting in that district.
At that time, he said the district would have received a steady supply of water once the Capoon’s Bay Water Plant received a 500-kilowatt generator, which was slated to arrive that week.
But, while answering questions in the House of Assembly last week, the minister said ‘major’ leaks were discovered in the distribution line in West End, and the Capoons Bay Water Plant now needs repairs.
“What had happened was once they got power to the plant, a number of issues were discovered as a result of the storm.”
“They (Water and Sewerage) have been working and they hope to have a steady supply of water in that area within the next two weeks … by the end of March,” he promised.
Struggling and anxious
Vanterpool admitted that the people in that area have been ‘struggling’ and said he was “anxious to get it (the water plant) up and running very, very soon”.
The community has been functioning on trucked water for the past several months.
The territory’s water distribution network was severely impacted by last year’s hurricanes.
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