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UPDATE: Hon Fraser says Hon Vanterpool assured 3rd District will get water!

Leader of the Opposition and Representative for the Third District Honourable Julian Fraser RA said he is keeping his “fingers crossed” as he has heard from Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) on water relief for the people of the Third District. Photo: VINO/File
Representative of the Third District Honourable Julian Fraser RA has lambasted the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government for its lack of empathy for the citizens and residents of Sea Cows Bay, alleging that there has been no water for four days due to issues with the plant in the community resulting in reduced water service. Taking to his Facebook page, Honourable Fraser said he was forced to call Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) to vent his frustration on behalf of his constituents. He pondered whether the shortages were natural or deliberate and meant to punish the people of the community. Photo: VINO/File
Representative of the Third District Honourable Julian Fraser RA has lambasted the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government for its lack of empathy for the citizens and residents of Sea Cows Bay, alleging that there has been no water for four days due to issues with the plant in the community resulting in reduced water service. Taking to his Facebook page, Honourable Fraser said he was forced to call Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) to vent his frustration on behalf of his constituents. He pondered whether the shortages were natural or deliberate and meant to punish the people of the community. Photo: VINO/File
He noted that the new Bi-Water plant in Paraquita Bay which is currently producing 2.3 million gallons of water a day, was commissioned November 28, 2014. Photo: VINO/File
He noted that the new Bi-Water plant in Paraquita Bay which is currently producing 2.3 million gallons of water a day, was commissioned November 28, 2014. Photo: VINO/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition and Representative for the Third District Honourable Julian Fraser RA said he is keeping his “fingers crossed” as he has heard from Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) on water relief for the people of the Third District.

Honourable Fraser had asked the question whether the water woes, which the people of the Third District are facing, were “natural or deliberate”. On his Facebook page last week, Honourable Fraser asked whether the difficulties were a deliberate attempt on the part of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government to damage the reputation of BiWater.

Writing on his Facebook page on January 8, 2016, Honourable Fraser said, “Today I was reliably informed by the Minister for Communications and Works that water is now being placed in the Hannah Hill Reservoir and it will be distributed to residents of Sea Cows Bay, Hannah’s, Palestina, Pleasant Valley, and all other areas serviced by the reservoir, including Cotton Hill.”

He said he and the residents of the Third District should all be looking forward to some much welcomed and needed relief.

Honourable Fraser noted that if what the Minister said is true, that should mark the end to water shortages in the area, since residents can now get water from Sabbath Hill Reservoir to Hannah Hill Reservoir, due to a reported fix to the distribution system along the Ridge Road.

“I was also further informed that the BiWater plant at Paraquita Bay is operating at full capacity of 2.3 million gallons of water a day. If this is so, there should be absolutely no shortage of water to pump into the Hannah Hill Reservoir daily,” said Honourable Fraser.

He had rubbished the reasons given for the water shortage, saying they were not acceptable, and alleged that the government was bent on sabotaging the project.

“The reasons given, being that the General Electric/Aqua Design water plant in Sea Cows Bay is operating at some reduced capacity, and that they, the Government is still after five years unable to bring water which is produced by the BiWater Plant from the Sabbath Hill Reservoir across the Ridge Road to the Hannah Hill Reservoir. None of these reasons or excuses are acceptable,” said Honourable Fraser on his Facebook page on January 4, 2016.

“Sad to say there were no acceptable solutions offered by any of the parties involved, but I can only assure you that I will continue to push for solutions,” he wrote.

The former Minister for Communications and Works said the solution to the shortages of water in Sea Cows Bay, Hannah's, Palestina, Pleasant Valley and the rest of Tortola was resolved on February 18, 2010 when he signed the Contract with BiWater to supply the Government and people of Tortola with 2.3 million gallons of water daily.

“What went wrong is when the NDP who always hated the deal and campaigned against it won the General Elections in 2011 and proceeded to sabotage the project (BiWater). They refused to upgrade the water distribution system (pipes and pumps) along the Ridge Road, which is the key to the success of this water project. Failing to upgrade the system meant that the plant could not produce the 2.3 million gallons daily, because the government could not receive it,” he said.

See previous article published on January 6, 2016:

Hon Fraser asks whether SCB water shortage a deliberate act

- said none of the reasons given for the shortages are acceptable

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Representative of the Third District Honourable Julian Fraser RA has lambasted the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government for what he said is its lack of empathy for the citizens and residents of Sea Cows Bay, alleging that there has been no water for four days due to issues with the plant in the community, resulting in reduced water service.

Taking to his Facebook page, Honourable Fraser said he was forced to call Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) to vent his frustration on behalf of his constituents. He pondered whether the shortages were natural or deliberate and meant to punish the people of the community.

“Tonight (January 4, 2016) I was forced through concern and a desire to show compassion for my constituents to call both the Minister responsible for water, his Permanent Secretary and the Director of Water and Sewerage regarding the absence of water in Parsons, Sea Cows Bay for over four days and severe rationing in Hannah’s,” said Honourable Fraser.

“The reasons given, being that the General Electric/Aqua Design water plant in Sea Cows Bay is operating at some reduced capacity, and that they, the Government is still after five years unable to bring water which is produced by the BiWater Plant from the Sabbath Hill Reservoir across the Ridge Road to the Hannah Hill Reservoir. None of these reasons or excuses are acceptable,” said Honourable Fraser.

“Sad to say there was no acceptable solutions offered by any of the parties involved, but I can only assure you that I will continue to push for solutions,” he wrote.

NDP Gov't has failed after 5 years...

He noted that the new Bi-Water plant in Paraquita Bay which is currently producing 2.3 million gallons of water a day, was commissioned on November 28, 2014.

The former Minister for Communications and Works said the water is pumped into two reservoirs at Sabbath Hill and from there it's supposed to be distributed throughout the island via pipes along the Ridge Road and down to Fort Hill Reservoir; Hannah Hill Reservoir; Brewers Bay and Cane Garden Bay.

“Unfortunately, this is not happening, because the government, which after being in office five years now, has failed to upgrade the pipes and pumps along the Ridge Road to transfer the water as explained.”

He noted that had the upgrade been done, there would be absolutely no need for the General Electric/Aqua Design Plant in Sea Cows Bay, which was to have been decommissioned since 2005.

“The solution to the shortages of water in Sea Cows Bay, Hannah's, Palestina, Pleasant Valley and the rest of Tortola was resolved on February 18, 2010 when I signed the Contract with BiWater to supply the Government and people of Tortola with 2.3 million gallons of water daily,” said Honourable Fraser.

“What went wrong is when the NDP who always hated the deal and campaigned against it won the General Elections in 2011 and proceeded to sabotage the project (BiWater). They refused to upgrade the water distribution system (pipes and pumps) along the Ridge Road, which is the key to the success of this water project. Failing to upgrade the system meant that the plant could not produce the 2.3 million gallons daily, because the government could not receive it,” he said.

He noted that as a result, for months they only produced 1.75 million gallons daily, “but yet Government had to pay for the full 2.3 million gallons. A total waste of taxpayers’ money, while Government engaged in propaganda aimed at discrediting me for the BiWater deal, something I have now been vindicated for, given the success of the water production at the same plant, and the recently commissioned Sewage Treatment Plant at Burt Point.”

“But do we not care enough to petition the Premier over this deliberate act by a vindictive Government?” he asked.

Attempts to reach Minister Vanterpool for a response proved futile.

Meanwhile, residents all across Tortola and on Virgin Gorda have been complaining of the inadequate supply of potable water. Some of the shortages have been blamed on damaged pipes or malfunctioning equipment, however, affected residents say the issues are taking too long to be resolved.

31 Responses to “UPDATE: Hon Fraser says Hon Vanterpool assured 3rd District will get water!”

  • nexttime (06/01/2016, 08:34) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    They said BiWater could not produce enough water so they activated Ocean Conversion paying a huge monthly fee and still water problems exist.
    • Xxx (06/01/2016, 09:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      "Lets get serious, for once." Successive administrations have ignored the word "priority."
  • cay (06/01/2016, 08:41) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    They hated biwater but should feel happy now with branson and 7 seas
  • wize up (06/01/2016, 09:12) Like (6) Dislike (34) Reply
    wish the member for the 3 can be a bit more positive in his thinking for 2016: lets try to solve the issues of the territory rather than just talking and talking about them: for severial years under the VIP rulership most of the territory suffered with water issues...here we are in the year 2016, and issues from back in the late 60s are still here and we still pointing fingers ( when the politician cistern gets empty he simply trucks in a few thousand gallons but the small man been crying over the same petty issues in the territory for far to many years now( when will the blame game end)
  • Frazer working. (06/01/2016, 09:18) Like (9) Dislike (12) Reply
    Where is Fahie
  • Convenience. (06/01/2016, 09:28) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    Where are all these powerful VIP people and Candidate from last election gone. Not hearing from them. They don't love the BVI no more..water and electricity These are serious issues thats affecting people. All most every island in the caribbean has dropped the electricity fuel charge. Its unfair. Gas price was high that was their excuse. Now gas price is the lowest in 20 yes. What are they waiting on. Time to give us a break. We get water from the sea we shouldn't have these distribution issues
    • Kim (06/01/2016, 14:43) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply

      What VIP candidates need to talk for we vote NDP so we have to wear the sh*t

  • egg face (06/01/2016, 09:34) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    THE NDP GOVERNMENT NEVER PUT ANYTHING IN PLACE TO PROVIDE WATER FOR THE PEOPLE, WHAT A WASTE
    • --------------------- (06/01/2016, 22:53) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Mr. Vantperool is yet again showing a monumental failure in leadership in connection with denying the people water over Biwater ...acess to water is the economic engine of our state.
  • facts man (06/01/2016, 09:38) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Imagine they realised we in the 3rd keeping fraser now they keep the water from us
    • pat (06/01/2016, 22:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      DREAMERS AWAKE I think that Frazer's ideas sound intriguing, but I don't know enough about the particulars to address concrete points.
  • CLEANSE (06/01/2016, 09:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need water at Fort Hill too or we will open the water ourselves. Bull
    • the real water issues (06/01/2016, 22:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      It wouldn't surprise me to learn the NDP are lying or exaggerating. They've done it before.
  • shaw (06/01/2016, 10:11) Like (4) Dislike (25) Reply
    I wish the minister would be a bit more diplomatic with his attitude. Yes it is a crisis, but his demeanor is what challenged his leadership and cost the election at large. I'm glad I have a cistern. Cisterns should be mandatory as back up in ALL NEW CONSTRUCTION. And they want to build a new resort in SCB. Always putting the cart before the horse.
  • Thirsty (06/01/2016, 12:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    2.3 million per day and the pipe dry at night. well me boy.
  • DON Q (06/01/2016, 22:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just curious: where is 7 Seas amidst all this fanfare?
  • Dragon (06/01/2016, 22:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    water supply in the BVI is a travesty...
  • wize up (07/01/2016, 06:22) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    stop playing politics if U real care about the future of these Virgin Islands: in the year 2016 NOT 1916 and the territory still experiences lack of running drinking water, unstable electrical supply, bad road surfaces, poor lightning on public streets, substandard healthy care and serious sewage issues: these are the very same experiences that some of us had back in the 60s/70s and to this very day the citzens still have these concern.
  • Deliberate Ay (07/01/2016, 07:25) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Water came where I live in SCB after 4am before 5:30am it was gone.
    • No water 2016 (07/01/2016, 09:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      So that why when I turned on the pipe at 5:30am I only got the hissing sound. Lord help us in this BVI with this water situation. People have to get ready for work, prepare lunches, get children ready for school how can you expect to do all of this everyday without water. What is going on with this water in SCB.
  • Crazy Train (07/01/2016, 10:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All that is being said id good but saying, people, are not doing their jobs are talking negative about the past Rep and you are not doing anything but looking at each other and criticizing is not solving the problem.

    I mean all that is here making comments including the ones that are feeling it back, belly and side need to get your butts up, march down to the Premier office and demand action.

    The past is the past you can’t do anything about it then but you sure like hell can do something now. This is the present where you are and you can make that change if you really want it, but critique and bad mouthing is not getting anyone anywhere.

    Take action. stop talking and start walking. It seems like a lot of you know what the problems are, and have a pretty good idea on how to rectify this issue, so what are you waiting for? Or are you waiting to use your precious time to post a negative comment instead of getting together and demand answers to get the job done? Just saying!
  • facts man (10/01/2016, 11:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    we still do not have water in hog city
  • wize up (10/01/2016, 11:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    news-flash; the 3rd district is part of the territory some folks are behaving like its an island by itself.... so may areas in this territory have issues with water and this so after some 45 years of VIP rulership (just saying)
  • why why why (10/01/2016, 11:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is the action man treating his wife's district like so?
    • @ why why why (10/01/2016, 23:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      As a politician we must be prepared. We cant really blame the ruling party. They are in power and if they have the advantage they are going to take it. Politics is business for them. In any business you make decision that suites you. The only way to get rid of this is to change the laws. There is no need to complain when we are not ignorant of the law. Before going into any business you should do your research then make informed decision. Don't complain now the law is the law.
  • Political Observer (10/01/2016, 11:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The mission of the Water and Sewage Department is to deliver adequate, safe, and reliable potable water supply to residents. On Tortola, Bi-Water is under contract to generate 2.3 MGD. Government is responsible for the transmission and distribution. Looks like government cannot received the contracted amount, though it may be billed for it. One of the responsibilities of the WSD, Pearline Scatliffe Leonard, is to put and maintain the infrastructure so that water can be transmitted and distributed to customers. Thus, the question is why some areas are still having water woes. Furthermore, why did Frazer have to take to social media and call Mark to get water for his constituents? This makes it look like something that it may not be. Staff just deliver water to the people so that they can bathe, cook, water gardens/lawn, use the bath room, brush teeth, drink......etc. MCW just get the pipe in place. Geez sum bred mon! The BVI is a tourist destination and vital for the tourism industry.
  • Treadfalls, Sea Cows Bay (10/01/2016, 11:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now that we are on the subject of the 3rd ELECTORAL District, lets talk about the road leading to the residences in the Tread Falls community. The road is terrible and on rainy days is not drive-able. Notice the emphasis on ELECTORAL, the reason for this is that the only time that the politicians remember that people live in Tread Falls is during ELECTIONS.
  • PLEASE STOP (10/01/2016, 13:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not only D3 have water issues so stop making it seem like its a wilful act, come on people act like virgin islanders n stop the ndp/vip piss. Fraser seem to only now want to be concerned for his district, sir you want to be a leader start thinking country as a whole.
  • ---------------------- (10/01/2016, 13:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    water water we want biwater
  • TurtleDove (10/01/2016, 23:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    CRY BABIES, JUST CHILL OUT, IT WILL HAPPEN IN 2019.


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