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Contact:  WASCO


Friday December 2, 2011 The frequent heavy showers of recent days has affected the island's main water supply system. In a recent press release the Water and Sewerage Company, Inc (WASCO) stated that works are ongoing to restore the water supply to affected communities around the island, as soon as possible.


In the South, a combination of clogged intakes and high turbidity levels has forced WASCO to interrupt the supply at Aux Lyons, Dennery, Derniere Riviere, Thomazo and Micoud.


The Grace system in Vieux Fort has been inoperable since Friday, November 25, 2011, due to high turbidity levels. Crews have not been able to access the intake to investigate the situation. Also, high river levels are posing similar challenges at Belle Vue and at Desruisseaux, where a landslide has damaged the 4" distribution main. At Beausejour, crews are at work clearing the intake.


WASCO is also repairing damaged mains at Delcer; Soufriere; Fond St Jacques; and at Toraille, which supplies the communities of Ravine Claire, Toraille and Zenon. A major landslide has blocked the access road to the Ruby intake, but crews have been able to get to the site and are now working to clear the intake.


The Anse-La-Raye intake is completely silted. Desilting began on   Thursday, December 1 st, 2011 and work is expected to take at least two days to complete. Crews are also desilting the Marquis, Gravity, and Talvern intakes that connect to the Hill 20 system. Consequently, all areas supplied by the Hill 20 plant are without a supply, including Babonneau, Monier, and Labourne.


Meanwhile, some areas in the north of the island experienced low pressure and in some cases no water on Thursday as result of a problem experienced at the Theobalds Treatment Plant on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011. The problem has been resolved and customers in the north can expect a regular water supply by today, Friday, December 2, 2011.


WASCO apologises for the inconvenience these interruptions may have caused

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