Customers of the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) in Abaco can expect better water pressure within a week’s time as the corporation upgrades their pumps to meet an increase in demand.
Customers will also be relieved to know that their water will not go off when the power does as repairs to a back-up generator that caught fire several months ago nears completion.
Barrington Murphy, Manager of WSC in Abaco said that persons, particularly in the Central Abaco area, have experienced problems with low pressure. He said this has happened due to growth in the area outpacing the forecasted demand.
He said that due to a water quality issue Spring City is now connected to the water distribution plant in Marsh Harbour. He said that in the past two to three years along with the unexpected addition of Spring City there has been an expansion to Central Pines along with the addition of the Government Complex which has added further demand on the system.
He said that also contributing to pressure loss were a number of leaks. “Whenever you have leaks in the system they show up as demand and usage,” he said.
He said they have been able to detect and resolve those leaks in a relatively short period of time which has resulted in a return of better pressure for areas like Pelican Shores. He said that presently Pelican Shores is receiving about 25psi which is over the minimum prescribed pressure of 15psi.
Mr. Murphy said “I’ve already spoken to my General Manager and Assistant General Manager responsible for family islands and we are all in agreement that Marsh Harbour is outgrowing what it was initially designed for.”
He said they have since purchased a Variable Frequency Drive Pump so that they can increase pressure across the system – “it’s a more modern and efficient pump,” he said.
He noted that Abaco has already begun to experience better pressure since leaks have been repaired and it will be even better when the new pumps are installed. “The pumps are already in but we are just waiting on the ductile pipes – we don’t use regular PVC pipes,” he said. “They are a special order and that’s why the delay in completing the installation.”
He added that the issue of the water supply going off when there is a power outage is just waiting on one last part in order to complete repairs to the back-up generator and become operational again. He said that part should be here and installed in a matter of days.