LONG ISLAND – In its continuing effort to provide potable water to all residents throughout The Bahamas, the government through the Water and Sewerage Corporation, and with the support of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), awarded the first contract to extend the central water distribution system southward from Turtle Cove to Clarence Town, and north from Grays to Salt Pond. At the conclusion of this project, some 45,000 feet of 4” PVC pipe and 15,000 feet of 2” PVC pipe would have been installed to service more than 200 additional customers; all of whom will be supplied by the existing reverse osmosis (R/O) water plant located in Deadman’s Cay. These works are currently underway.
More populated regions of Long Island have also been identified and it was further agreed to provide relief to residents north and south of the Simms Settlement. Consequently, the existing distribution in Simms will be extended to Millertons in the north and Wymms southward by some 37,000 feet of 4” and 31,000 feet of 2” PVC pipe to service some 180 additional customers. All of these residents will be serviced by the R/O plant located in Simms.
As a first stage effort to bring similar relief to residents in the south, six high density polyethylene plastic water tanks, each with a capacity of 5,000 imperial gallons, were purchased and installed in several sparsely populated settlements south of Clarence Town, to provide potable water service to these residents and added resilience during hurricane season, when roads may be impassable. Single standalone tanks are now installed in Roses, Mortimors and Berrys, such that customers in this region have access to potable water. In the interim these tanks effectively act as government standpipes which will be regularly filled by water tanker trucks. In the longer term, individual metering systems will be implemented for full accountability.
The settlement of Dunmores was found to be in a favorable location, with elevation such that customers could receive water direct to their homes through gravity feed. It was therefore decided to install a local distribution system network consisting of some 1,000 feet of 2” PVC pipe, such that customers could receive potable water from the total 15,000-gallon storage located at this site. All tanks will securely anchored to the base and will be regularly serviced with tankered potable water. Ten connections have already been installed and residents now have running water in their homes. These types of systems greatly assist in reaching smaller separated communities.
Eventually, a small pumping station will be installed to improve pressures and so that the distribution system could be extended to pick up additional customers. As a result of these efforts, over 200 residents now have access to potable water.