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Heavy rain dampens water truckers’ trade

Flower power: Jailyn Boddington, 11, who will soon be attending Saltus Middle School, helps her grandmother Donna Boddington and great-grandmother Dolores Boddington to pick flowers at Aberfeldy Nurseries. Aberfeldy’s Julie Greaves says the past few weeks of heavy rain has helped their plants to thrive, but the wet weather is not benefiting everyone, with the Island’s water truckers saying they are relying on their other services to keep busy (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Water truckers in Bermuda have been relying on the other services they provide to endure this summer’s unpredictable weather.

The drought-like conditions the Island experienced in June and July brought a high demand for water, leaving truckers scrambling to service customers with limited supply.

Now, with 4.5 inches of rainfall so far this month, a quarter of it in the past week, they have the opposite problem: fewer people need their water. The total rainfall this year is slightly above average.

Farad Furquan, of Wet and Wild Water Service, told The Royal Gazette: “Some of us have standing order work, so it does tend to mess with us.

“Heavy rainfall does hinder water truckers during the rainy seasons but, to be honest, my business is busy all year. We go out even in the rain.

“Some truckers actually clean tanks and provide other services to keep busy during the slow months. It just all depends on the individual business and what services they provide.”

Brent Burgess, owner of Alex’s Water Trucking Service, said that dealing with the weather came with the business.

“Business this season has not been too good, actually over the last three years, because we’ve had nothing but rain during June, July and August,” he said.

“We offer other services that come in handy when things are slow but the main service we rely on is water trucking.

“In July, we were expecting the plants to be open because there was a slight drought and now it’s been raining, the plants are open, but we don’t need the water.”

While bad for the water service business, others are benefiting from the recent heavy downpours.

Tom Wadson, chief farmer at Wadson’s Farm, said: “There are not really many disadvantages of the rainfall we’ve had this month.

“Our farm is right on Pond Road and they don’t call it that for no reason, so we anticipate flooding.

“June is our dry month and now the weather is changing and we’re definitely seeing peaks. We usually observe and record the trends and plan ahead at least eight to 12 months at a time when farming.”

Julie Greaves, from Aberfeldy Nurseries, said that her business was blooming thanks to the weather.

“The plants love the rain. Things are looking gorgeous,” she said.

“It has been exceptional compared with last season. Everything all around the Island is looking great, the plants and the grass are green.

“You can stand and water plants for eight hours a day but there is nothing like natural rainfall. It does them so well.

“If you ask any of the farmers, the heavy rain may have been too wet for them and their crops, but for the plants at Aberfeldy everything is looking lush.”