Nevis Water Department swiftly restores supply to affected parishes

Minister with Responsibility for Water Services in the NIA, Spencer Brand (far right) watches on as repairs are made to the pump.
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By Loshaun Dixon

Nevis Water Department (NWD) embarked on an intensive two-day operation to replace a malfunctioning pump at the Fothergills main pump station, aiming to reinstate water access to residents in the parishes of St. John’s and St. George’s.

Minister with Responsibility for Water Services in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), the Honourable Spencer Brand, provided a comprehensive update during a session in the Nevis Island Assembly. He shed light on the challenges faced and the concerted efforts that were made to rectify the situation.

“The failure of the Nevis Water Department’s largest and deepest well pump on Friday, the 23rd of March, was discovered around 5 p.m.,” said Minister Brand. “The technical team recognized that the motor had inherited a ground fault, preventing it from operating.”

Highlighting the significance of the Fothergills well pump, Brand added, “This particular well feeds the largest parish on the island, St. John’s, and St. George. It also provides assistance to neighbouring areas such as St. Thomas’ and Four Seasons.”

“I want to place on record my sincere thanks to the entire team at the production unit,” Brand expressed.

“The people of Nevis can be proud and appreciate that here on the island, we have some very skillful and talented young people, led by Christian Wilson.”

Acknowledging the inconvenience experienced by residents, Brand extended sincere apologies, stating, “I want to apologize to the people of Nevis for the inconvenience. It was a mechanical issue.”

Encouraging residents to remain vigilant, Brand urged, “I also want to appeal to our people here on the island of Nevis to, as far as possible, try and have some emergency water supply. Consider connecting to alternative water sources to minimize the impact of such incidents.”

The outage affected several areas, including Fothergills, River Path, Golden Rock, and others, resulting in low water pressure or no water periodically from Sunday, March 24th, to Monday, March 25th.

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