By Davion Smith
BVI News Journalist
The Nanny Cay community has joined the humanitarian efforts on Tortola by setting up a de facto water distribution station at its entrance, where residents in and around the Third District are able to get their fill of free drinking water.
General Manager of Nanny Cay, Miles Sutherland-Pilch, said the marina is able to donate water thanks to its desalination plant which was not damaged during the passing of Hurricane Irma this month.
“I reckon we have a considerable amount – maybe 10,000 to 15,000 gallons of drinking water that we can provide to the community. It’s all about working together. It’s not about you or me. We’ve got to build this country back and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Sutherland-Pilch told BVI News.
He said Nanny Cay also has hopes of donating ice to the many residents who have been left without water or power following the aforementioned Category 5 hurricane.
The Nanny Cay boss said he wants to expand the water distribution operation once large vehicles are able to enter the marina. A catamaran overturned at Nanny Cay’s entrance during the hurricane. This, subsequently, has blocked some vehicles from passing.
“I wish I could do more. I’ve been trying to get the word out that the water-making plant actually has some extra capacity so part of what we are trying to do now is open up some access to get some fuel trucks in but that could allow for the water trucks to come in and fill up also… Hopefully we could get ice up near the road because that must be important too. So once we organize some Royal Marines to bag some ice, we’ll put the ice out there too.”