UPDATE

  • Reservoir levels remain dangerously low at just 28 days
  • No significant rainfall is forecast for the next week
  • This is an Island-wide issue and until the situation improves we must all restrict our water usage to essential use only

Daily consumption levels on St Helena remains at just over one million litres of water, but no substantial rainfall means Island water stocks remain dangerously low, with just 28 days of storage water remaining.

It is not forecast for St Helena to experience any significant rainfall over the next week, which means that there will be no surface water run-off going into the Island’s reservoirs.

To preserve our precious resource it is important that we continue to cut down our water use to essential use only. Remember that we are currently under a hosepipe ban after Connect Saint Helena (CSH) enforced Island-wide water restrictions on Monday, 24 June 2019.

In the meantime, CSH have continued to pump water from Bore Hole 5 into Hutt’s Gate Reservoir – this is why this reservoir seemingly has an elevated level of water stock – and are then transferring water from Hutt’s Gate to Red Hill, via Grapevine Gut.

It is everyone’s responsibility to take great care in using our water and consumers are continually urged to reduce consumption wherever possible. St Helena residents, businesses and people who use water for agricultural purposes are also urged to exercise great care and restraint when using water.

As mentioned in the last update, it will also be worthwhile for consumers to regularly check their water meters and monitor water usage to ensure there are no leaks in their system. CSH have issued a guide on how to do this.

Regular updates on reservoir levels will be issued to the public.

If you see anyone using water irresponsibly or notice a burst pipe or leak then please inform CSH immediately.

Every drop counts, every action counts – Everyone must save every drop of water possible.

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St Helena Resilience Forum
16 July 2019

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