St Helena’s water consumption levels on 11 and 13 September were less than 1000 cubic metres – the consumption rate required to sustain a safe level of stored water on the Island.

The Island’s reservoir levels have increased by a very small percentage over the last week, but this is primarily due to the public significantly reducing their consumption rates. The public is commended for their efforts to reduce consumption.

Despite some recent rainfall, the surface water runoff entering the reservoirs remains very low and will not be enough to maintain a safe volume of stored water if consumption rates increase. It is therefore very important that we continue to cut down our water usage to essential use only.

Isolated showers are forecast for the coming days, but this will not be enough to see the desired effects on the reservoir levels. At least two weeks of continuous meaningful rainfall is needed to make a positive difference in reservoir levels.

Connect Saint Helena (CSH) continues to pump water from Chubb’s Spring and Hutt’s Gate to Red Hill to replenish stocks in this area.

Remember, we are currently under an Island-wide hosepipe ban. If you see anyone using water irresponsibly or notice a burst pipe or leak, then please inform CSH immediately.

Please see the following leaflet from CSH on water saving tips: Water Saving Leaflet

 Every drop counts, every action counts – save water now to be safe later.

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St Helena Resilience Forum

17 September 2019

 

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