St Helena Water Levels – Update

Harpers Reservoir One inlet pipes

  • Average storage water is at just 28 days
  • Average daily consumption has risen since the beginning of July
  • 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

The Island’s water stocks have seen a 1% increase from last week but remain dangerously low. The average storage water for St Helena is now at just 28 days. This slight increase is mainly due to the optimisation of water pumping from Chubb’s Spring by Connect Saint Helena (CSH) from 36,000 litres to around 100,000 litres.

Unfortunately, the average daily consumption rate has increased since the first week following CSH Island-wide water restrictions. Initially, daily consumption went down by over 150,000 litres which was a great credit to the St Helena public. This has since risen considerably and is now well above the target for daily consumption and needs to be addressed by all.

With no significant rainfall, the only way to preserve our precious resource is to keep consumption as low as possible and is the responsibility of everyone on-Island. The public is reminded to do all they can to reduce consumption to essential needs only. Remember we are currently under a hosepipe ban with CSH having enforced Island-wide water restrictions on Monday, 24 June 2019.

Despite a small amount of recent rainfall, there is still very little to no surface water run-off going into the Island’s reservoirs (see photo attached). It would take around two weeks of heavy rainfall for the situation to improve and it is not forecast for St Helena to experience any significant rainfall over the next week.

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 urged to exercise great care and restraint when using water.

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.

#StHelena #WaterShortage #EveryDropCounts

St Helena Resilience Forum
30 July 2019

St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470