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‘We can’t even take a bath!’ No water on Fort Hill for 2 weeks

Residents of Fort Hill have reportedly been without water for some two weeks and are even more frustrated that they have not been receiving any proper word from the Water and Sewerage Department. Photo: VINO/File
Calls to Director of Water and Sewerage Department Perline Scatliffe Leonard for comment went unanswered. Photo: Internet Source
Calls to Director of Water and Sewerage Department Perline Scatliffe Leonard for comment went unanswered. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “If I had the tools I would have gone and fixed that pipe myself,” stated a frustrated resident of Fort Hill on the main island of Tortola who said the area has been out of potable water for some two weeks due to a damaged pipe.

According to the woman, Ms Fahie, she decided to call our newsroom to complain since, apart from the inconvenience of not having water, she was getting the “royal run around” from the Water and Sewerage Department.

“I am not calling for myself here, I am calling for all the people on Fort Hill who have been without water for two weeks. We can’t even take a bath,” Ms Fahie claimed.

She further said she is an apartment owner and her tenants are getting extremely frustrated over the situation.

“And we calling Water and Sewerage Department and only getting the royal run around from staff there,” Ms Fahie alleged, adding that staff there has only been giving attitude with no proper answer as to when the water supply would be restored.

According to the woman, she understands that a pipe in the area was damaged and was fixed but learnt that the pipe burst again.

“It seems to me like they don’t know what they doing or they don’t have the proper instruments. This is unbearable. If I had the tools I would have gone and fixed that pipe myself. This is nonsense.”

Meanwhile, residents of Fahie Hill had complained over the weekend they were out of water for some two weeks but reported this morning, December 21, 2015 that the water supply has since been restored.

Calls to Director of Water and Sewerage Department Perline Scatliffe Leonard for comment went unanswered.

27 Responses to “‘We can’t even take a bath!’ No water on Fort Hill for 2 weeks”

  • Me (21/12/2015, 11:49) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    You think that's bad? Horse Path been out of water for a whole month, when contacting the office everyday it was going to get fix. Hmm We live in a third world country.
    • Marie (21/12/2015, 22:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      We here in Josiah's Bay have had no water in one and a half weeks. Same old story, a broken water pipe. We don't see any broken anything, so what is really going on all over the BVI?
      • Barbara (25/12/2015, 00:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Lying W&S telling me they have no record of water being out in Josiah's Bay. My neighbors as well as myself have called them numerous times for 3 weeks now and the woman lying saying she have no record. WELL YOU LIARS< HERE IS YOUR REPORT! Turn on the DAMN water. Our cisterns have even gone dry now with no relief in sight. I bet their lying behinds are home soaking up the water able to shower every day. This W&S SUCKS!
  • Tolian (21/12/2015, 11:52) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVI going to hell fast!
  • Yes (21/12/2015, 12:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sooo sooo sooo Funktafied...Soo sooo sooo Funktafied....
  • vgman (21/12/2015, 12:14) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Try living on vg we get water maybe 6 hours a day if we lucky, wsd is a joke
    • ???? (21/12/2015, 15:23) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
      Don't you all have some of the biggest houses in the BVI? Why the hell you all don't put in proper cisterns from building those huge houses that depend on street water???
      • vgman (21/12/2015, 20:04) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
        We all have cisterns but it isn't raining alot so how can we rely on them
        • VG (23/12/2015, 11:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Exactly. that person is an A**. If there is no rain and hardly ever any street water and you're using cistern water eventually it will get dry.
      • wow (22/12/2015, 13:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        We are paying for a service we deserve to get what we payed for
  • Water no Water (21/12/2015, 12:40) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    District 3 same problem what is going on I taught they said they had this whole water situation sorted out. Sent a message to Hon Mark Vanterpool via FB and got a response to contact Water & Sewerage which seems to make no sense, that is why I sent him the message in the first place. Ppl need water last year same problem leading up to the Christmas holidays no water.
  • Epic (21/12/2015, 12:49) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are areas in town that dont have water for months. You have to wait nearly a hour for a bucket to full to bathe. You complain numerous times and its like you are harassing them but the water bill aint dropping eventhough you dont get water.

    All i asking for a is a shower for xmas. not asking for too much, hell I paying for it.
  • I TIRED (21/12/2015, 15:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    In district 3 the road next to the pre school going toward the Adventist School a pipe burst for weeks now there is a big hole in the middle of the road. No water to clean or bathe. HELP!
  • justice (21/12/2015, 15:33) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wsd needs to refund all their affected customers for this criminal lack of service, it was never this bad under vip
  • Horse path residence (21/12/2015, 17:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Came from work can't even take a bath the chidren can't even get a good shower no water this a big problem here for us at Horse Path
  • Ms. Hodge (21/12/2015, 20:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP has done nothing for water system in the BVI. Mark needs to resign he has failed
  • Struggling Man (21/12/2015, 21:48) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    West End and Towers also suffering with poor water supply......there are a few leaks around the area that have been wasting water for 2 weeks and still not fix. Hon. Vanterpool needs to stop posing in front of cruise ships and posting on his facebook page and provide the people in District 1 with the basic necessity of life. If his staff cannot perform replace them.........there are a lot of unemployed plumbers around the island that need work.
    Shape up Hon. Vanterpool or ship out in one of those fancy ships you like to take photo with.
  • nan (21/12/2015, 22:47) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ justice. That's a lie. I remember quite well when VIP was in office, not having water or electricity many many times for many years. Get your facts straight.
    • justice (22/12/2015, 13:40) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      @nan electricity was always a problem yes but not water, you need to get your facts straight and stop kissing the government butt i don't care who in power i just want to turn my tap at any time and see water co e out and in years past we could do that
  • Lord (21/12/2015, 22:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Minister seem rather testy...I heard some poorly written and poorly delivered water statement today, The job seems to be getting to him quite early in his second term.
  • Eagle Eye (21/12/2015, 22:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope yall aint going to work with out bathing.oh well bath on the job.
  • Political Observer (22/12/2015, 06:14) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Whatever happen to BI-Water? It is either that all is going well or partisan folks are tired of beating a dead horse or it is no longer an issue. Since Seas Seven purchased BI-Water contract, not a sound from even the most ardent critics. Is this because the Big Man (B) has an interest in the company? What change on the contract? Are there any more political mileage to be exacted? If BI-Water is producing the contracted minimum of 2.5M gallons per day, why can't some residents take a shower?

    Is the infrastructure in place to transmit and distribute the water? And if no why not? VIP has been out of power over 4+ years so it can longer be blamed for not putting the imfrastructure in place; the ball is and has been in NDP court. No dog in this fight-just asking the ???? Is BI-Water the best crafted contracted we could have had, no. Nonetheless, if we are not willing to terminate the contract, we should have been working with due diligence to get water to our people. Clearly, warts and all, it is a valid binding contract. For the New Year, water being off should be the exception, not the normal expectation.
  • musa (22/12/2015, 08:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    della apt too out of 6 tenants 3 left soon d bank will sell d building
  • rattie (22/12/2015, 08:07) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    thank god for Frazer and biwater
  • vgboy (22/12/2015, 09:56) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    water going is contagous VG dont have water since yeaterday morning n nobody can say why.
  • We need WATER (22/12/2015, 20:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    In Virgin Gorda, water is on while you are at work or asleep, and off when you are at home and awake. All I want for Christmas is WATER in Virgin Gorda.
  • nan (25/12/2015, 00:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ Justice. My facts are straight, I always had water problems where I live, no matter who is in office, so whose butt am I kissing by stating that. Both VIP and NDP have me in the dark with electricity always going off and high and dry with water going off. If where you live you didn't have a water problem years ago, then you are very lucky, so don't come on here telling me I am kissing governments butt because they are both BAD!

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