The Department of Water & Sewerage is urging residents to store at least three days’ supply of water for their households in anticipation of a possible closure of public pipelines as the territory prepares for Tropical Storm Jerry this weekend.
In a public advisory this week, Director of Water & Sewerage Perline Scatliffe-Leonard said the decision on whether to close the territory’s pipelines will be determined based on the forecasts for Tropical Storm Jerry.
“Should the weather change availability, the water service would also change. We, therefore, encourage persons to begin the process of storing water quickly and, if possible, as early as this evening,” the Director stated.
She further said: “Should shut down become necessary, this is likely to occur late Thursday (September 19) afternoon or early in the evening.”
Persons are being asked to fill containers that have lids to properly contain the stored water. Residents are also being told to ensure they have enough to enable them to flush their toilets and care for pets.
This exercise of possibly closing pipelines is said to be a measure to help the Water & Sewerage Department maintain a full reservoir.
Meanwhile, persons who are experiencing difficulties with their water service are asked to contact the department’s workmen who will be available to receive reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
These workmen are required to manage and monitor the territory’s water distribution system, examine reservoirs, pressures in the system, and leak-prone areas on a daily basis.
They are also required to repair small lines and make adjustments in the system as needed. Water operators may be contacted at 284-499-0500, 284-499-2924 or 284-499-2620.
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