Residents of North Sound on Virgin Gorda are being promised a more reliable water supply by late June.
Minister of Works & Utilities Kye Rymer said work to erect a new glass-fused-to-steel water reservoir at Perot Hill, North Sound, has started.
He gave that update while reporting on water supply on the sister island at Friday’s sitting of the House of Assembly.
“With this new tank, customers in North Sound, especially The Bond, will see an improvement in water to their homes or businesses; once the water plant is producing water,” he said.
He further explained: “Efforts are ongoing to ensure that all of the reservoirs are in good shape and that alternate systems are placed underground to provide service should any damages be experienced to our storage tanks.”
“Generators are also being repaired and or serviced,” he added.
The reservoir repair and restoration project is a joint partnership between the BVI and the United Kingdom, which started last year under the former National Democratic Party government.
The project was aimed at repairing and replacing several reservoirs that were affected during the 2017 weather events.
According to Permanent Secretary Jeremy Hodge, at least five reservoirs located on Sabbath Hill, Fort Hill, Hannah’s Hill, Balsam Ghut and the Valley on Virgin Gorda, respectively, received varying levels of damage and are lined up to be repaired.
Meanwhile, a few reservoirs that were destroyed in the hurricanes will be replaced with new ones will include one at Maya Cove on Tortola, one at North Sound in Virgin Gorda, and the sole reservoir that was on Jost Van Dkye.
As part of the partnership, the BVI would pay roughly $150,000, which will go towards a part of the labour cost, while the UK would cover the remaining cost, which he was unable to divulge.
He said some of the reservoirs can cost up to a million dollars each.
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