Residents of Sea Cows Bay are being told that their water woes will soon come to an end.
While addressing the House of Assembly last Thursday, Utilities Minister Kye Rymer said a pump is now installed at the Long Trench Station.
“The operationalization of this pump is dependent on an adequate power supply which necessitates a 480kw transformer which is now being installed by BVI Electricity Cooperation,” the minister said.
“This is expected to provide a consistent supply of water to the residents of Sea Cows Bay and surrounding areas,” he added.
Meanwhile, Rymer said his ministry is expected to ink a contract “in the very near future for the supply of over 5,300 ultrasonic water meters along with a wireless automatic meter reading (AMR) system”.
“It is expected that once these water meters are installed that residents and businesses will be accurately billed for their water consumption. It is anticipated that the meters will be installed and commissioned by the third quarter, [in] 2020,” Rymer stated.
Years of water woes
Notably, for years, the Sea Cows Bay community and wider Third District have been only supplied with piped water for a limited number of hours each day.
Some sections of the First District have also been experiencing water shortages, particularly after the 2017 hurricanes impact on the territory’s water network.
Last year, Director of the Water & Sewerage Department Pearline Scatliffe-Leonard said that the community could expect a more reliable supply at the end of 2019.
But despite Scatliffe-Leonard’s promise, residents in higher elevations were still affected by the shortage of water.