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Water Department prepares for Dorian, closing pipelines to fill, conserve reservoirs

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As the BVI braces for Tropical Dorian which is expected to start affecting the BVI on Tuesday, August 27, preparations are well underway at the Water & Sewerage Department for the eventuality of any weather system that may affect the territory.

“What we have been doing as of Sunday 25th August is preparing our reservoirs towards closing at the appropriate times when or if an impact should come,” Director of Water & Sewerage Pearline Scatliffe-Leonard told BVI News on Tuesday.

Since Sunday, the department has been limiting water supply in a number of areas across the territory between 8 pm to 4 am to ensure that the reservoirs are filled.

“In that way, we will be able to maintain our reservoirs close to capacity or at capacity because we don’t want a storm to come and meet us with an empty reservoir or meet us half-full,” Scatliffe-Leonard explained.

Team deployed to sister island

The Water & Sewerage boss said a team has been deployed to Jost Van Dyke to ensure the island’s reservoir is filled to capacity.

She said once the reservoir is filled, her department can focus on distributing and monitoring the distribution on that island.

She continued: “Once we are certain that we are 100 percent free of the storm or any storm that is coming, then we open fully to the public. But right now we are closing in the evenings on all major islands.”

She said despite the closing period, there will be about an hour’s worth of water in the pipeline for use.

Lessons learnt

Scatliffe-Leonard said while there is always the potential for broken service lines during any weather condition, her department is prepared for such an outcome.

“Those are lines we can fix within a few minutes and we have teams identified for each community. So lessons learned from 2017, we have ourselves set up so we can deploy persons to areas so we are well ahead of that game if that should happen,” she said.

Advice to residents

Ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian’s passing, Scatliffe-Leonard is urging residents to store water in covered containers.

“As soon as you hear that there is a storm with a potential of reaching us, start to store water because there is no notice from us when we will shut down,” she pointed out.

“We will continue to provide that service, but as soon as BVI Electricity Corporation shuts down, we shut down our plants because we rely on their power to produce water.”

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  1. Hmmm says:

    I didn’t know their pipe lines were opened.

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  2. SCB Resident says:

    So… will the pipeline be opened for residents of Sea Cow’s Bay can fill their reservoirs since we haven’t been getting any for some months now?

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  3. Hmm says:

    Today is wednesday and the still filling reservoir in east end

  4. Wadada says:

    Those are some truly awesomely third world statements by the Director.

  5. Concerned. It is interesting that water and swage is claiming to be prepared for hurricane Dorian. It is sad that after three to four days the storm has passed there is no water supply to sea cows bay and environs,in particular Hanna's estate. says:

    I don’t know what would have happened IG BVI experienced full hurricane or if BVI was hit directly. Only God knows how W/s
    Would have coped despite the empty boast and preparedness.
    Even before the storm
    W/S is yet to find solution to perennial shortage of water supply in sea cow’s bay and environs. Water is only supplied for few hours in the morning of some days 2 to 4hours.

    Pls find solution to this problem

  6. Concerned/yun. It is interesting that water and swage is claiming to be prepared for hurricane Dorian. It is sad that after three to four days the storm has passed there is no water supply to sea cows bay and environs,in particular Hanna's estate. says:

    I don’t know what would have happened IG BVI experienced full hurricane or if BVI was hit directly. Only God knows how W/s
    Would have coped despite the empty boast and preparedness.
    Even before the storm
    W/S is yet to find solution to perennial shortage of water supply in sea cow’s bay and environs. Water is only supplied for few hours in the morning of some days 2 to 4hours.

    Pls find solution to this problem

  7. Jay says:

    Up till now there is no water supply in sea cow’s bay and environs since storm has passed despite the preparedness.

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