Nevis Water Shortage To End Soon

Business Ghaut, Nevis - Water Drilling Site

Business Ghaut, Nevis – Water Drilling Site

Charlestown, Nevis
June 02, 2008

Relief for parts of Nevis that had been facing a water shortage for the last six weeks will be earlier than expected.

Junior Minister with responsibility for Public Utilities in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Carlisle Powell made the announcement on June 01, 2008, during a visit the Business Ghaut drill site, with Senior Scientist to the water exploration project, Geologist Dr. Ronald Hoag of Bedrock Exploration and Development Technologies (BEAD).

“The good news is that even though we have a well at Hickmans that is down, we are very close to the reservoir here at Fothergills. Dr. Hoag has given us a very marvelous suggestion, in that, once the water at this well is tested, once the quality is good, BEAD is prepared to give us a line from here [Business Ghaut] straight to the reservoir.

“So we will be able to put this water into the system very, very, quickly and we are hopeful that we will be able to do that, run a temporary line to the reservoir [and] once we get that water into the system, it would bring immediate relief to the people,” he said.

Dr. Hoag disclosed that drilling had reached a depth of 800 feet, a depth which they expected to find a fairly large amount of water. He explained that his goal was to find half a million gallons of water per day from that location and the indications were that the goal could be achieved.

“My goal is to get about ½ million gallons per day from this location which I think the indications are very good that we will reach that goal,” he said.

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Premier Parry Speaks To Nevis Citizens

Premier Parry of Nevis

Nevis Pemier – Joesph Parry

Charlestown, Nevis
May 27, 2008

As part of the Nevis Reformation Party led Nevis Island Administration”˜s (NIA) pledge of transparency, Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry gave a report on the activities commencing May 19th 2008 ,at the studio of Nevis Television  (NTV) on Monday, May 26th, 2008.

Presently Nevis is experiencing a six-week drought. The Nevis Island Administration is proposing a number of measures to be taken to replenish the island with quality water.

“We have had a program of well-drilling around the island and I am happy to report that several small wells and one major well in the area of Maddens Estate will produce over three hundred gallons of water a minute. We (NIA) have been told by Bedrock Exploration and Development Technologies (BEAD) that a pump is under construction and will be connected to the system by Mid June,” said Premier Parry.

To assist the water Department, the general public is being encouraged to be prudent with their use of water.  Necessary precautions for water conservation, such as limiting the frequency of washing cars and watering plants, are being echoed.  Residents are also implored to listen to the radio for updates on any disruptions in the water schedule for given areas.

“In the next four weeks the water problem will be resolved and if the drought continues water will still be available,” said Premier Parry.

On the subject of geothermal energy, Premier Parry said that he was informed by West Indies Power that the first well in the Springhill area is a productive well and has the capacity to provide 34 megawatts of power.  That plant will be able to supply an abundance of electricity that will be cheaper, and will significantly impact the cost of living in Nevis.

During the course of the report Premier Parry apprised listeners on development of the AMMAN hotel, a hotel chain that operates out of Asia with the highest reputation of upscale accommodations for the high-end clients. “The chief architecture came to Nevis and they are very excited about the prospects here in Nevis,” he explained.

Mr. Simon Lowe of AMMAN Development visited Nevis and stated that the area in Hanley’s Road, Gingerland is an improved site. “We are at a stage now where the architects have gone to work. Documents must be drawn up and later this year. The country will be in a position to calculate the time period when the hotel will start,” articulated the Premier.

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