UPDATE

  • Daily water consumption drops by 4% from June figures
  • There has been very little substantial rainfall
  • Reservoir levels remain dangerously low
  • This is an Island-wide issue and until the situation improves we must all restrict our water usage to essential use only

Daily water consumption is currently at just over one million litres, representing a decrease of 4% when compared to consumption figures during the month of June. This is a credit to the effort of the St Helena public who are urged to continue to help each other by reducing consumption and restricting water usage to essential needs only.

There has been very little substantial rainfall and current water stocks are at 27%, which represent 27 days of water (see attached photo of H2 Earth Dam). Reservoir levels remain stable, yet dangerously low, with Hutt’s Gate seeing an increase in stock levels while Red Hill slowly declines.

To preserve our precious resource it is important that we continue to cut down our water use to essential use only. Despite some recent spells of rain, surface water runoff has not increased, meaning there has not been enough rain to runoff into the reservoirs. At least two weeks of continuous meaningful rainfall is needed to make a positive difference in reservoir levels.

Connect Saint Helena (CSH) has continued to utilise other sources of water including drawing stocks from Bore Hole 5 which supplies St Helena Airport. Island-wide water restrictions remain in place until stocks begin to replenish.

It is everyone’s responsibility to take great care in using our water and consumers are urged to reduce consumption wherever possible. St Helena residents, businesses and people who use water for agricultural purposes are also urged to exercise great care and restraint when using water.

It will also be worthwhile for consumers to regularly check their water meters and monitor water usage. A high amount of water usage, despite reduced consumption within the household, could mean there is a leak within the local system. Fixing this would help reduce water consumption while also saving the consumer money.

Regular updates on reservoir levels will be issued to the public.

If you see anyone using water irresponsibly or notice a burst pipe or leak then please inform CSH immediately.

Every drop counts, every action counts – Everyone must save every drop of water possible.

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St Helena Resilience Forum
9 July 2019

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