Government is putting measures in place to better account for water usage and better protection against major losses or wastage of the utility.
This is being done through the installation of a sophisticated metering system on the Carrot Bay and Zion Hill reservoirs, which are to undergo a $2.5 million restoration and upgrade.
Speaking at the contract signing for the project on Thursday, Minister of Works & Utilities Kye Rymer said, “this is also being done to help the Water & Sewerage Department to better understand their non-revenue losses”.
“Several bulk water meters, pressure gauges, pressure reduction valves will be placed in strategic points to assess a monitoring system that will be activated at the end of the construction period,” Rymer explained.
Up to 50% of non-revenue water
While noting that non-revenue losses could represent a country losing up to half of its water supply in some cases, the minister said he believes the new monitoring system will better allow authorities to identify any gaps that cause water loss at the aforementioned reservoirs.
“This is water that is lost through leaks, theft or metering inaccuracies [and] we know that this adds up,” Rymer said. “In most Caribbean countries, the policymakers usually quote that 50 percent of non-revenue water means that half of what we produce is lost.”
“So by obtaining the data, it can be used to quantify the different components of losses in the system, and we can understand how much, where, and why water is lost,” he added.
250 gallons wasted per minute
Just last December, the minister said investigations into the water problems in Sea Cow’s Bay revealed that more than 250 gallons of water per minute was leaking in that community.
The leaks have since been identified and repaired, according to Minister Rymer.
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