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Water supply returns to JVD after two weeks

- residents say Gov’t taking too long to resolve issues
Jost Van Dyke suffered water woes for some two weeks but the situation was brought to normalcy yesterday June 24, 2015. Photo: VINO
Some JVD residents said they were in empathy with the residents of their sister island of Virgin Gorda who they said are the worst hit. One Ms Malone said she strongly feels that Government continues to treat matters of the sister islands with scant regard. Photo: VINO/File
Some JVD residents said they were in empathy with the residents of their sister island of Virgin Gorda who they said are the worst hit. One Ms Malone said she strongly feels that Government continues to treat matters of the sister islands with scant regard. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Gregory A. Callwood, one of the residents of Jost Van Dyke who said that he is happy the water is back on but will be keeping an eye on things. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Gregory A. Callwood, one of the residents of Jost Van Dyke who said that he is happy the water is back on but will be keeping an eye on things. Photo: VINO/File
GREAT HARBOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI – After struggling with a water shortage for some two weeks, the lifesaving commodity has been restored on the sister island of Jost Van Dyke but residents insist it took the relevant authorities much too long to deal with the situation.

It was brought to this news site’s attention by several residents on the island that for some two weeks they were at the mercy of God and nature and in the hands of the Government when they were plunged into a state of water shortage.

“Yes it’s about two weeks we had this situation, for the first week it was gone totally at least in my area, some others might have gotten a little trickle at some time but as far I as know was almost the entire island went flat on its face without water,” said one Mr Smith.

Excuses upon excuses

According to Smith and confirmed by the Callwood, Creque and Malone families, residents were on the backs of the Ministry of Communications and Works and the Water and Sewerage Department about the situation throughout the period of water shortage.

“All we were getting were excuses, excuses. One time we heard they brought a whole shipload of pipes then another time we heard that the pipes they brought were not the correct size and they had to send a purchase again for the right thing for over here, excuse over excuse,” added the man.

Nonetheless, residents all were in a state of relief when they were able to turn on their taps and receive full water pressure via the public lines. “Well they come today (June 24, 2015) and it look like they fix it but we will monitor and see how it goes from here. We hope it’s fixed for good,” said one Mr Callwood.

Sympathising with VG

Some residents said they were in empathy with the residents of their sister island of Virgin Gorda who they said are the worst hit. One Ms Malone said she strongly feels that Government continues to treat matters of the sister islands with scant regard.

“I have nothing against my brothers and sisters on Tortola but had that situation you see going on in VG been for Tortola it would have been fixed long time, long time. We all know it has got to do with the production of water by Aqua Designs and not it’s the Government not wanting to come right with their deal and while they fight and be strong headed the people suffering,” she said.

Ms Malone further stated, “I urge this government to take matters of these nature more seriously, VG issue going on for far too long, meet Aqua Designs half way and let the people get water, stop taking so long with life, water is life, this is atrocious, I feel for them people, we had it for just two weeks and I was going out my head much less them in it for months, can’t work,” the woman said.

4 Responses to “Water supply returns to JVD after two weeks”

  • more money (25/06/2015, 09:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    another example where Mark has failed as a minister...thnak god they could have buy the elections
  • one eye (25/06/2015, 11:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    They hate biwater
  • wize up (25/06/2015, 12:38) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hon Turnbull at work: the Virgin Islands Party ran the affairs of our territory for a sigificant numbet years, yet some persons in this commumity seeking to blame an administration that ruled this territory for 4 years: the infrastructure of our country should been in place years ago, we are in 2015 now lets get the job done and stop the political bull mess.....
  • Really? (25/06/2015, 12:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    But where is mitch????


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