27 November 2019
ST HELENA WATER SITUATION REMAINS SERIOUS
St Helena’s water situation remains serious and, despite recent spells of rainfall, surface flows have not increased and stored water levels remain very low.
Consumption rates also remain an issue with the required rate of under 1000 cubic metres of water occurring on just two of the past seven days. That said, on Sunday, 24 November 2019, the consumption rate was at 892 cubic metres, the lowest in the past month, and the public is commended for this.
Unfortunately, if daily consumption rates of above 1000 cubic metres continue and the stored water volume subsequently continues to decrease, further Island-wide water restrictions will be imposed.
There have been some short spells of rain over the past week. Unfortunately, the many days of sunshine has meant that the ground is very dry. Therefore any spell of rainfall is being absorbed and not contributing to surface flow levels.
Connect Saint Helena (CSH) is continually pumping from Chubb’s Spring and Hutt’s Gate as well as from Fisher’s Valley and Warren’s Gut.
Pump testing from Shark’s Valley took place over a three-day period during the last week with a total of around 208 cubic metres of water being extracted.
With St Helena nearing the holiday period, and with warm weather patterns and no significant rainfall forecast, it is therefore very important that we all keep our water consumption to essential use only.
The public is reminded that 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.
Every drop counts, every action counts – save water now to be safe later
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St Helena Resilience Forum
27 November 2019