Wasco’s Work On Water Supply Continues…

Report
from Government of Saint Lucia
Published on 27 Dec 2013 View Original

Fri, 2013-12-27 16:05 -- marcathian.alexander
Kirby Allain

Teams from the Water and Sewerage Company, Inc. (WASCO) continue efforts to restore the water supply network and have been successful in many areas so far. Most of the company's water supply systems were affected by the heavy rains of Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning resulting in water shortages in several areas around the island.

The raw water line from the Junction Tank at Millet to the Theobalds Treatment Plant at Ciceron has been repaired and water is now flowing into the plant and being treated. Customers at lower elevations have begun to receive water from that facility however; the plant is still operating below capacity.

The Hill 20 Treatment Plant has been operational from Thursday, December 26, 2013, but functioning below capacity. Teams are continuing to clear up the intakes that supply raw water to the plant to increase production there.

The water utility has been able to restore 90% of the lines at Anse la Raye and work on desilting the intake should be completed by Friday December 27th, 2013. However, they continue to experience problems with water distribution as there is no power at Venus Estate to allow for pumping. As a result, WASCO has been trucking water into Anse la Raye and anticipates that the water supply should be restored sometime on the weekend. Canaries is also receiving water via truck where a major distribution line was compromised following damage to the bridge. Work has started on clearing the source and retrieving lines that were washed away so they can be restored.

The system in Soufriere is fully functional, except for the Bouton intake where access has proved very challenging. Damage to pipelines in that community is also hindering progress with restoring the supply. WASCO anticipates the problem at Bouton should be resolved by the weekend.

There was major damage to the Delcer system. WASCO is transporting material into the area to rehabilitate that system which should be restored by the weekend. Work is continuing in Saltibus where the intake was clogged and lines damaged – completion of the work there, is expected by the weekend.

The Beausejour facility in Vieux Fort is out of commission, and that situation may persist for some time. As a result, WASCO is diverting water from the Grace, Woodlands facility to Vieux Fort to provide some relief to customers. This will be done after the intakes at Grace have been cleared and restored. The Ministry of Infrastructure has been assisting with clearing access to the treatment plant and intakes which were rendered impassable by a number of landslides. Unfortunately, work was suspended Thursday evening at Grace due to additional rain in the forest. WASCO’s personnel and heavy equipment were withdrawn from the area as a precaution as the river began to swell.

In Micoud, all intakes are clogged and raw water and transmission lines were damaged. The intakes are now being cleared and temporary construction is underway. WASCO is sourcing portable treatment plants for Thomazo and Derniere Riviere where turbidity is high. In Patience and Errard, intakes are clogged, access compromised, and raw water lines damaged. The Ministry of Infrastructure has been clearing access.

WASCO will continue coordination with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) to supply water to the affected areas in a timely manner.