Water outages: Extension of the water distribution time slots in Orient Bay and Anse Marcel

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The Collectivity of Saint-Martin and its Water and Sanitation Establishment (EEASM) met, on Tuesday, March 3, the representatives of the ASL of Orient Bay, Anse Marcel and Terres-Basses, the three private subdivisions concerned by water cuts on the distribution network since last Friday.

This meeting was held at the invitation of the Prefect Sylvie Feucher, in the presence of Marie-Dominique Ramphort, territorial advisor vice-president of the EEASM, of Jean-Marie Giacone, Director of Production & Maintenance of the delegate SAUR Saint-Martin and Patrick Lentz, director of the EEASM.

An update being initially scheduled for Tuesday, this meeting was therefore an opportunity to discuss with the three representatives about the leaks reported in their respective sectors and the repairs in progress or to be done in an emergency. The objective is to repair leaks as quickly as possible, which would allow water production to return to balance, currently too low compared to consumption.

While the balance between production and consumption has already been fragile in recent weeks, it fell sharply last Thursday. This emergency shutdown operation, implemented as of Friday, February 28, enabled the public tanks to be filled to 4% of their capacity in 60 days, which however means having to continue the filling operation in the coming days to produce the missing 4000m3 and leave the alert zone.

Without this emergency device, all the districts would have run out of water, as of Saturday, February 29. By this choice, the EEASM and the Community have thus preserved 80% of consumers.

However, in view of the health situation linked to prevention against the Coronavirus and the need to meet the daily needs of the population and tourists living in these three sectors, it was agreed to increase the hours of distribution of the water for the next few days.

President Daniel GIBBS indeed asked the EEASM, as of last Friday, that time slots for water distribution be set up to avoid too long cuts for residents.

Thus, since Tuesday March 03, 2020, the water has been distributed as follows:

- In the morning from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and in the evening from 17 p.m. to 20 p.m.

This exceptional system will remain in force in the Orient Bay and Anse Marcel sectors (Terres-Basses being affected to a lesser extent), until the public tanks are fully filled (10m000). A situation update will be made on Friday 3 March 06 to inform the residents of these three sectors of the continuation of the system.

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