In recent weeks residents in Marsh Harbour have complained about poor water pressure and water outages. Barrington Murphy, manager of the local Water & Sewerage Corporation (WSC) office, spoke to ‘The Abaconian’ to address these concerns.
Mr. Murphy said that there has been a rash of leaks throughout Water & Sewerage’s distribution system. He explained that a system problem of this scope has been fairly unprecedented in recent history for Abaco. The corporation has had to prioritize repairs, and until Friday, July 24, it had to rent a backhoe since the Corporation’s was being repaired.
However, Mr. Murphy’s team has been “systematically working and actively repairing leaks.” He noted that on Friday, when the WSC’s backhoe was returned, they repaired three major leaks that same day and have been able to maintain consistent water pressure since.
He explained the leaks interfere with WSC’s ability to both produce water and store it. At night, water supply normally replenishes. However, the numerous leaks have prevented that from occurring efficiently.
Prior to Friday, July 24, Mr. Murphy said WSC had to decrease pressure three hours a day twice a week. Mr. Murphy said the Corporation avoided cutting water on weekends and during peak hours in high-use areas. He said the only reason water pressure would be off over a weekend would be if electricity was out and WSC’s backup generator was out of order.
Since the majority of their infrastructure is underground it is often difficult to determine damaged areas. Nevertheless, his team continues to seek leaks and respond to reports from customers.