The Grand Bahama Utility Company has partnered with the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Bahama Rock and Bahamas Industrial Technologies (BIT) in an effort to restore water service to parts of Grand Bahama.
Grand Bahama residents had been warned to not drink the water from the city supply following the passage of Hurricane Dorian.
“As a result of the storm, Grand Bahama Utility Company suffered damage to its critical systems and has been working systematically on efforts to inspect, test, repair and restore all necessary equipment to resume regular water service from its plant, which extracts and purifies water from the well fields,” according to a press release from the company.
“The ongoing process to restore equipment is enabling the ‘recharging’ of pipes zone by zone on the island.”
Understanding the importance of a consistent water supply for the community, “Grand Bahama Shipyard – with the commitment of shareholders Carnival Corporation & plc, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and the Grand Bahama Port Authority – assisted in providing power generation restoration to the utility, sending shipyard technicians to help recharge the water plant and pipes and repairing and replacing electric motors and pumps, which is accelerating the return of water services.”
According to Grand Bahama Utility Company’s General Manager Geron Turnquest, water supply distribution has started from the Freeport area and is moving west.
“We have supplied several areas with water for ‘sanitary purposes only’ and we aim to provide service out to West End this week,” said Turnquest.
“Thanks to the assistance from Grand Bahama Shipyard, Bahama Rock, BIT and others, we have been able to accelerate repairs to our equipment and start resuming basic services. The utility company is conducting assessments for areas located towards East End and others requiring service. We are inviting more help in this regard and we hope to build and provide a stronger, better utility service as we work together to rebuild, restore and recover.”
The release explained that Grand Bahama Shipyard employees are also supporting multiple recovery efforts on the island.