25 November 2016 | Comments
BUT STILL NOT ENOUGH
Island reservoir levels are up to around 13% of total capacity. This is good news, but 13% of our current reserves is not going to see us through the summer.
As highlighted by the UK Met Office this week, weather patterns worldwide are changing and St Helena is not the only place suffering from lack of rain. Huge parts of Africa are experiencing droughts and even our neighbours in Cape Town are bound by similar water restrictions to those in-force on St Helena.
Connect Saint Helena Ltd are continuing work on the design and installation of three new water transfer systems and the first of these, from Chubbs Spring to Red Hill, is expected to become operational next week.
Connect intend to continue with their strategy of increasing reservoir capacity to improve the Island’s water security. The more water we have stored, the less vulnerable the Island is to changing weather patterns which are beyond anybody’s control.
The new transfer systems will be a permanent addition to Connect’s water infrastructure, and will provide easy access to water resources which can be drawn upon if stored water is in short supply – either through unpredictable rainfall or other unforeseen events.
The public is reminded that until the reservoirs reach at least 50% full, St Helena remains in a critical situation.
Everyone is therefore reminded to exercise great care and restraint when using water. Every drop counts, every action counts – please do your bit.
Leaflets and posters containing water saving tips have been distributed to local shops and public buildings and people are encouraged to pick up a leaflet to see how they can limit their water use.
St Helena Resilience Forum
25 November 2016