The Deputy Chief Minister, the Hon Dr Joseph Garcia has just chaired, alongside the Minister for Civil Contingencies, a detailed briefing on the latest situation regarding water disruption across Gibraltar. The Chief Minister has also been subsequently briefed with a further Strategic Coordination Meeting scheduled for later today.
AquaGib, with the assistance of the MOD’s water section, have successfully created an interconnection between both the AquaGib and MOD networks in the area of South Barrack Road which has assisted somewhat in mitigating the problem being experiencing with water pressure in parts of the lower South District. The latest advice received by the Government from the technical experts at AquaGib is that all areas in the South District west of St Joseph’s School are now being supplied through this new MOD/AquaGib interconnection. This has, for example, allowed the return of water supply to Alameda Estate, Bayview Terraces, Schomberg and surrounding areas.
The Government continues to be aware of the difficult situation many residents are facing in parts of the Upper Town with no access to domestic water supply. The Government would like to reassure all those affected that every effort is being made by AquaGib to resolve this issue as soon as it is practically possible. In the meantime, however, there will continue to be a targeted operation regarding the location of potable water bowsers and water bottles towards the affected areas.
Additionally, a number of operations continue underway to assist the build-up of reserve levels at the AquaGib reservoirs. As of midday today, 250,000 litres of potable water was supplied to Hesse’s pumping station by tankers from Spain and this will continue throughout the day.
AquaGib have advised the Government that in order to increase the water levels at their reservoirs, which in turn assists the water pressure issues across Gibraltar, it is necessary to continue with water restrictions from 11pm – 7am every day until further notice with this measure will be reviewed on a daily basis based on the advice received from AquaGib.