The General Post Office yesterday sustained water damage as a result of a pipe bursting during upgrades to the sprinkler system, advised Minister of Transport and Local Government Renward Wells.
“At 9:45 a.m. today, a fault in pipeline of the newly upgraded fire prevention system resulted in water incursion to a small area of the mail sorting area of the General Post Office (GPO) at the Town Centre Mall,” Wells said in a statement.
“Prior to the GPO occupying the premises, the sprinkler system was successfully tested for adequacy and integrity.
“Subsequent to that test, it was determined even though the existing system was acceptable, a more modern and reliable sprinkler system was desirable.
“With the new installation, the contractor today advised that, upon conducting hydrostatic tests, the pressure caused the two pipes to separate at its coupling.
“Unfortunately, the breach caused water damage to a limited amount of mail and wet some members of staff.
“The pressure valve was immediately shut down.
“The landlord and contractor worked fastidiously to repair the fault and the integrity of the system has now been assured.”
Wells said the mail that was affected has been dried out and the owners were being notified of the incident.
“At inspection, there is superficial damage to the packaging of items; however, it is unlikely that contents have been damaged,” he said.
Operations at the post office continued with minimal impact to the overall functioning of the facility.
The General Post Office was officially relocated to the Town Center Mall in May, after months of delay and years of complaints from employees over the substandard conditions at the former East Hill Street location.