WSC Preparedness for Hurricane Irma
PR Update No. 1 – Wednesday September 06, 2017, 11.00 AM
Evacuation of The Southern Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas – The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) wishes to once again advise our valued customers and all residents of the Bahamas that our teams in New Providence and the Family Islands are actively implementing our hurricane preparedness plans in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Irma.
It is our plan to maintain potable water supplies throughout the passage of the storm, especially for our larger systems, however there may be unforeseen interruptions in supply if our systems experience any damage. All residents are once again encouraged to take immediate steps to store sufficient potable water to meet your drinking, cooking and sanitary needs for a minimum of five (5) days. This message especially applies to individuals with private wells. Remember
that water is the most urgent need during and following any major storm.
Our New Providence Emergency Command Post will be manned during the passage of the storm and we can be contacted via telephone at 302-5599 or 325-0505. Please note however that the teams will not be able to respond to calls once weather conditions deteriorate. All incoming calls will be logged and promptly responded to as soon as it is safe to do so following the passage of the storm.
For those smaller systems, especially those in the Southern Islands that are being evacuated, please be advised that due to the potential severity of the system, WSC staff have been allowed to evacuate as per the voluntary evacuation exercise, and these systems will be shutdown. Supplies will therefore be disrupted, and a boil water order issued until further notice in the MICAL islands and Ragged Island.
In the event any damage is observed to any WSC water or sewerage system, residents are asked to promptly report it. These can be reported using the phone contacts listed previously or via our mobile app, wscMobile.
Our prayers and thoughts are extended for the safety of all residents and visitors to our shores.