NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (OCTOBER 10, 2016) — The following is a statement by Hon. Troy Liburd, Minister of Communications, Works and Public Utilities in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) delivered on October 10, 2016, on the interruptions in the water service.
Over the past two weeks some areas on the island of Nevis have experienced water outages. The Nevis Water Department, as is their custom, put out notices via various media to alert consumers of these outages. They have, however, persisted longer than was initially expected and has caused discomfort to a wide cross section of consumers.
I thought it necessary then, to make this statement, to inform the general public of the difficulties and also of what is being done to ensure that an acceptable level of service is given to customers while we work towards returning the water system to normalcy.
The situation developed as a result of a failure of a submersible pump that brought water from the BEAD (Bedrock Exploration and Development Technologies) Maddens Heights well to the Water Department system. This failure occurred on Sunday 25th September.
Several attempts were made to trouble shoot the problem and to restart this pump. All such efforts failed and the pump had to be eventually pulled from the well. (more…)