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For more information on water conservation, please contact us at:

Ministry of Public Works
The Water and Wastewater Section
Tynes Bay Industrial Complex
31 Palmetto Road
Devonshire DV05

Water connection, supply problems and general enquiries dial:
(441) 278-0570
To report a mains break dial:
(441) 278-0578

Water Quality
Department of Health: 278-4976

Wells
Department of Environmental Protection: 239-2318 or 239-2303

Watch Mr. Drippy  

Your Waters Supply

Bermuda is one of the few places in the world that uses a roof catchment and tank system to collect and store rainwater for drinking purposes. This method provides every residence with its own supply of low-cost drinking water. The quality of your tank water will depend on how well you maintain the water system.

 

Follow these Water Conservation tips and reduce the amount of water you use, and the amount you waste!

  • Install low water-use fixtures
  • Inspect water tanks and plumbing fixtures regularly
  • Repair leaks quickly
  • Use a bucket, not a hose, to wash cars
  • Take quick showers, not full baths
  • Minimize lawn and garden watering
  • Do not let water overflow or run after use
  • Wash full laundry loads or set the washer to appropriate load size
  • Do not order more water than is necessary

Well Water

A well is usually a good investment as supplementary water supply and is good to use for flushing.

To install a well:

  • Determine the quality and depth of water in your area. Talk to neighbours who have wells or to a licensed well driller
  • Obtain and complete a Water Right Application Form available from the Department of Environmental Protection in the Botanical Gardens. The fee is approximately $65
  • Get quotes from licensed well drillers for all the costs including plumbing

Caution

It is unlawful to pipe water from wells to a home faucet where it can be used for drinking, cooking or to top up your water tank. Well water can be contaminated from many sources including your cesspit.

Roof Collection and Water Tank

  • Keep the roof clean and painted
  • Before cleaning, block the drain pipes so that nothing enters the tank
  • Check your tank levels regularly, at least once a month
  • Clean your tank at least once every five years
  • Disinfect water – 1/4 cup of household bleach to every 1000 gallons of water. Use formula: tank length x tank width x tank depth x 6.25 = tank capacity in gallons
  • Trim overhanging trees to prevent leaves from entering your tank
  • Consider using a qualified contractor to clean your tank
  • When purchasing water, remember only buy enough to take your tank to about half, always leave enough space for rainwater collection
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