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Drought ‘remains critical’ – with little rain expected

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St Helena’s drought shows no sign of easing, with the reservoirs serving the most populated island filling too slowly for restrictions to be lifted. It follows months of hot weather and little rain.

One senior source told St Helena Online: “The sun has emerged again and the forecast is 0% chance of precipitation for the foreseeable.”

A government statement, issued on 2 July 2013, said: “The continued dry weather on St Helena has meant that the water situation in affected areas remains critical.

“Due to the irregular rainfall we are currently experiencing, our reservoirs are filling slower than required and, although stored water levels at Redhill have slightly extended to around 14 days of supply, water levels remain exceptionally low.

“Only the piping of additional water to Redhill is maintaining our volumes.

“Pumping from Hutts Gate, via Grapevine Gut, to Scotts Mill reservoir continues this week – supplying roughly a day’s consumption (at the reduced level) for each day’s pumping.

“Over the weekend, 900 cubic metres of water was pumped from the Longwood area to Redhill.

“The supply from Grapevine Gut is now very low and pumping is being managed to balance the demand on the Hutts Gate reservoir for both the Hutts Gate and Longwood supply area and the Redhill zone.

“Preparatory work, including vegetation clearance, to pump water from Levelwood into the Hutts Gate system has also started – in advance of pipe and pump deliveries on the RMS St Helena.

“Residents served by the Redhill distribution plant are once again thanked for their continued reduced consumption and are urged to continue to lower their consumption.

“The island as a whole is reminded that the hosepipe ban is still in force – every effort to reduce water consumption must continue in order to stretch the water supplies until we receive some substantial rainfall.

“Bowsering and pumping from reliable sources clearly has implications for the totality of St Helena’s water supplies. Water is ultimately a finite resource on this island and we thank all districts for reducing their water consumption.

“Connect Saint Helena Ltd continues to treat all leaks and burst pipes as a priority.”

READ MORE: 2013 drought stories

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