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News Centre > Monday 30 March 2020

Guernsey Water to open additional emptying points to ease pressure on sewage collection service

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Two additional sewage emptying points will be temporarily opened this week by Guernsey Water in order to help ease pressure on the sewage collection service. 

Now with many more islanders staying at home, the sewage collection service, run by States Works on behalf of Guernsey Water, has received increased calls for additional collections, putting pressure on this vital service. 

Jon Holt, Guernsey Water's Operations Manager said: "The opening of emergency emptying points is one way in which we are able to help the service at this time, with more collections being requested, these two additional emptying points will give drivers more options to discharge, ultimately helping them to save some travel time to and from households."

The utility advised that one emptying point at Gele Road Pumping Station and one emptying point on Rue de la Valle, St Martins (behind the Bella Luce Hotel) would be opened this week. Guernsey Water apologises in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. 

States Works Senior Manager, Technical,  Matthew Hardwick said: "Our service is currently operating as normal, however it is experiencing increased demand due to people staying at home, anything we can do to reduce the time lost travelling between properties and discharge points is of great benefit.  Please can I also take this opportunity to remind islanders to try hard to avoid unnecessary use of water, which will also help to reduce the current demand."

Islanders are able to help alleviate pressure on this service by being conscious of their water use, for example; only putting dishwashers and washing machines on when full, avoiding long showers and resisting the urge to fill their baths to the brim.  

Guernsey Water would like to confirm that at this time, they understand that hygiene, particularly in terms of handwashing, is of the utmost importance, and urge islanders to continue following all advice given by the Director of Public Health.

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