More than two weeks after a major water leak started beneath the newly constructed road in John’s Hole on Tortola, work has now commenced to resolve the issue.
The water has muddied the unpaved yard of the Magistrate’s Court that is located in the area. The constant water flow has also formed a pool in the lower-lying section of the courtyard.
“It is obviously a leak because the water is clean. Our main pipework is about three to four feet down so no matter what they had put there in terms of heavy equipment, it could not damage that line. So it would have had to be a connection line going to service a customer,” Director of the Water & Sewerage Department Pearline Scatliffe-Leonard told BVI News.
New road to be impacted
She said the road surface would have to be dug into to get to the bottom of the issue; adding that works commenced on Wednesday.
She explained: “We think that the roller maybe did some kind of damage up there. But we would have to reopen the road to see where the leak is coming from [as] it could be a number of things that caused the leak.”
While Scatliffe-Leonard admitted that the major leak meant money-loss for the department, she was unable to provide any specific figure.
She said there were no reports of water shortage for persons in the immediate surroundings but noted that the broken pipeline “would impact folks in the area”.
“We are going to do what we have to do to eliminate the leaks because it’s a cost,” she told BVI News.
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