WSC seeking to remedy Eleuthera issues

Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) announced yesterday that it will install two new storage tanks in Eleuthera in the coming days following a major disruption to supplies in Central Eleuthera earlier this week.

It said the disruption was the result of a “major mechanical failure” at its Naval Base Desalination Plant, which is located in North Eleuthera.

“Unfortunately, the failure necessitated the procurement and delivery of the required replacement parts from the United States,” the corporation said in a statement.

“Those parts were flown into Eleuthera early this morning, Wednesday, June 22, 2022, and a team is presently on site working feverishly to complete the repairs and resume water production very early this afternoon.

“The corporation anticipates that we will resume water supply into the Central Eleuthera distribution system around 2 p.m. this afternoon.

“However, customers in the upper elevations and those at the extreme ends of the system will continue to experience lower than normal water pressure until the system is fully repressurized later this afternoon.”

WSC apologized for the inconvenience.

It said it is working strategically to prevent a reoccurrence.

“Our strategic efforts will include the corporation executing a contract for a new 1,000,000 imperial gallon storage tank at our Naval Base Pumping Station and another 1,000,000 imperial gallon storage tank at our Bogue Pumping Station in the next few days,” WSC said.

“The total contract value for these tanks is $2,756,000 and a further $525,000 in related support works will be executed. These tanks will increase the available water in storage that can be utilized to supply customers while major mechanical issues are addressed, thereby reducing the frequency of water supply interruptions.”

The corporation said it is also working closely with its desalination contractor to identify all major mechanical failure risk components and to ensure that critical spares are readily available on the island and adequate redundancies are in place.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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