By Monique Washington
St. James Parish residents will continue to have water rationing as Water Department officials have given no definitive answer as to when the water outage problem will be repaired.
Early Monday, The Observer understands that one of the Bedrock Exploration and Development Technologies (BEAD) pump “broke down,” and left St. James residents without water. Water Department employee James Caines confirmed the occurrence.
BEAD was contracted to pump and supply water to the Nevis Water Department for US$2.50 per 1,000 gallons. In 2007, NIA contracted BEAD to develop 1 million gallons of ground water daily.
Caines told The Observer on Thursday that they are attempting to resolve the water issue, but could not say when water will be restored. He said the water department is pumping water from the Fothergills Tank to supply some the St. James area homes. Because of this, he said, water will not be available from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to allow time for the tank to refill. He said water rationing will continue until the broken pump is repaired and running.