Monthly Archives: May 2013

Import tax on water is lifted as ship tops up emergency supply

Customs duty has been lifted on imports of bottled water and water containers into St Helena as the island authorities battle the effects of the 2013 drought. Traders are being told they must not pocket any of the money saved … Continue reading

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St Helena water crisis – full coverage

The threat of the water supply being shut down on parts of St Helena remains despite days of rainfall, officials reported on Wednesday 5 June 2013. The following areas are at risk: Half Tree Hollow, Cowpath, Ladder Hill, Red Hill, … Continue reading

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Slavery tourists to voyage into island’s dark past

Slavery is to become the theme of a educational cruise on the RMS St Helena, island tourism chief Cathy Alberts has revealed. It will tie in with the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery in December. It will also draw … Continue reading

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It’s a record: ten runners to sail in for ‘really hard’ races

The first record has already been broken in the St Helena Festival of Running, a fortnight before it has even begun. Ten visiting athletes are lined up to take part in St Helena’s next festival of running – which is … Continue reading

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As reservoirs dry up, island plans to import water

The shortage of water on parts of St Helena has become so desperate that moves have been made to import it from South Africa. Retailers have been asked to quote to bring in 6,000 five-litre bottles of water, to be shipped … Continue reading

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‘Little rain for three months’: grim outlook as crisis deepens

St Helena could have to wait three months for the rain that it needs to end its severe water shortage. This week the most populated parts of the island, around Half Tree Hollow, had only six days’ supply left. Modest … Continue reading

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Islanders help in quest for water – but some is beyond reach

Saints have been joining the hunt for untapped water sources to try to beat drought conditions in parts of the island – by drawing on close personal knowledge of the land. Others have come up with ways to help save … Continue reading

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Failings alleged: drought chiefs promise to do better next time

The men overseeing St Helena’s fight to secure water supplies have pledged not to let the island be caught unready for such a crisis in the future. Chief of Police Peter Coll also said it had implications for the future … Continue reading

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Drought highlights risks of untreated water in island homes

Water supplied to one in ten homes on St Helena will be unfit for consumption at times, the man in charge of the supply has warned. But water engineer Martin Squibbs said he had not meant to spread fear when … Continue reading

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Water starts running uphill – on wheels

Drivers have begun transporting water to dry parts of the island using bowsers – tanks on the back of trucks. Operations to move water by road were due to begin in earnest from Friday (1 June 2013), police chief Peter … Continue reading

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