New homes add to pollution, says water chief

House-building on high ground in St Helena has contributed to a bad smell in Jamestown, the island’s director of water has reported.

Martin Squibbs was responding to complaints about the condition of water in The Run, the historic water course that runs through Jamestown from Newbridge.

He said: “The water is greenish, which means there is pollution up in the hills. That is combination of low rainfall, dry weather but also growth in the green heartlands.

“People are building houses up there now, and they are putting in septic tanks and so on.

“That’s contributed to higher levels of organic pollution, which is fine – our treatment works can deal with that.

“I have noticed the flows are picking up. That means it is raining in the middle of the island which is really good.”

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