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Fraser or Kerof: Who is right?

BVI News Staff - Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at 9:31 AM

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Acting Director of the Department of Water and Sewerage Manoherlal Kerof has said the Baughers Bay water plant has been producing less water since it was refurbished just over a year ago – statements refuted by Third District Representative and former Minister of Communications and Works Julian Fraser.

Kerof told the Standing Finance Committee that when the plant was operated by Ocean Conversion, and before it was refurbished, it produced 1.3 million imperial gallons of water; currently it is producing 850,000 imperial gallons.

Kerof told member for the Eighth District Marlon Penn, when asked, that it was now a different system and a different plant, as 90 percent of the parts on the plant were changed because they were not operable. He further stated that the plant is producing a maximum capacity of 900,000 to one million imperial gallons of water per day.

When asked about the cost for the refurbishment of the plant, Kerof told the Eighth District representative that he was not directly responsible for the refurbishment of the plant and perhaps the minister of communications and works was the better person to answer the question. He however noted that each time there was a payment for water purchase, he had received written directives from the ministry which clearly indicated how much the purchase order was.

Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works Arlene Smith-Thompson informed the committee that she was in the same position as the acting director of Water and Sewerage Department because she was not directly involved with the refurbishment of the Baughers Bay Plant and it was a system she met in place. She further explained that she was trying to familiarize herself with the system in order to have a better understanding of the problems at the plant.

Smith-Thompson said she had little involvement in the refurbishment of the plant because there was a consultant on board at the ministry who worked directly with the former minister of communications and works.

Kerof told the committee that it cost just over $5.7 million to operate the Baughers Bay Plant between March 29, 2010 to December 2011.

However, Fraser is not in favour of the statements made by Kerof, saying the plant was not refurbished.

“Refurbishment refers to maintenance and major repairs. This plant was rebuilt; everything in that plant was totally gutted and replaced – high pressure pumps, the trains which includes the vessels and membranes, were all replaced, everything was replaced,” Fraser said.

The former minister of communications and works sought to clear up what Kerof said about the plant producing less water.

“The plant was built based on specifications governed strictly by the well fields’ inability to produce or to supply raw water to sustain a plant that has a capacity to dissolve water over 1 million gallons. The well fields’ diminished capacity cannot sustain a plant that can produce water over 800 to 1 million gallons, so it was useless and senseless to design a plant to produce water, where in fact the well fields cannot supply the plant, so it’s not a matter of the plant was designed to produce X amount of water and it’s no longer doing it,” Fraser said.

Fraser also sought to clear up another statement given by Kerof to the committee where he said more than $5m was spent on the plant between a certain period.

“I will like to point out that of that $5M that they quoted to operate the plant is erroneous. During that same period the plant was rebuilt, $2M went towards rebuilding of the plant and what ever monies they talked about was to produce water, not to operate the plant, to produce water which includes the cost for electricity, a substantial sum of that money went to electricity.

“They also been paying Aqua Design, and whom ever, out of that same money that they talked about, so there is no proper accounting. If they were to state categorically exactly what those monies went to, you would see that the Baughers Bay Plant as it was when we turned over to this new government, produced water at a revenue level of some $6M dollars a year for 365 million gallons, given the capacity of 1 million gallons of water produced each day, and of that $6M revenue, which is gross revenue, government stands to save $3M out of that $6m, so it’s totally out of context. I think reading further on when I got my chance in Standing Finance to make my contribution, it cleared up that whole issue of cost and water production for the plant,” Fraser said.

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  1. Anonymous
    April 13, 2012
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    when Frazer was there he claims that water was going good as plan now what happen to the water. It’s just to show us all in this country what lies they were feeding us. Fraser knows damn well there was a problem with the volume of water. this is all about greed Fraser, you just want to close Ocean Conversion because you feel some BV islanders was getteing ahead and you choose to do that. As usual we are like crabe in a barrel trying to kill each other. When are we going to stop this type of mentality towards each other. This is what happening god don’t sleep he sees and knows when to work. I see nothing wrong with the dept head giving the right information. He is perfectly right. This has nothing to do with where he is from lets drop the where you from thing and deal with facts. Thanks goodness we finally we get the truth

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  2. gt
    April 12, 2012
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    that damn guyanise man , he think he brain dat big sah, how the hell he get there in the first place ? it amazin water an sewage isnt full of them guyanise yet

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    • .
      April 12, 2012
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      Why you cursing the man. Fraser is who put him there and gave him all the position. He taught he could of manipulated him thats why.

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    • L
      April 13, 2012
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      He’s not from Guyana.

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  3. trick
    April 12, 2012
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    just another trick by the NDP to give the plant back to dem self OC…Frzer is right he is always right I beleive the Liberator

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    • Dragon
      April 12, 2012
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      “trick”
      From past experience I would believe almost anybody before I believe what Frazer says.

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  4. Real Talk
    April 12, 2012
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    This is what happen when people meddle in things they have no clue about. Fraser never had experience with water issues, neither did his PS at the time, but they went full speed ahead, ignoring what anybody had to say. If he was a real man he would put personal issues and politics aside and deal with OC when they came to the table to sit with him, all of this could’ve been avoided.

    He appointed a set of people to run the plant who had no clue what they were doing. Ok, let’s say Fraser is right about the wells, so with the millions spent on the plant, what was done to sort out the situation at the wells? OC told Fraser about this months before they handed over the keys. They said the wells were in a state of disrepair and needed to be addressed, so the question is, why didn’t they address it despite knowing?

    Why refurbish the plant with out the necessary water being available? Wouldnt it make sense to get the wells operating how they should be then fix the plant to produce needed water? The excuse that the plant was set up in that way to match the wells condition is rubbish. The people need water!!!!!

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    • critic
      April 12, 2012
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      This is real comedy material. I was a Fraser fan but lordie me cant agree with he on this. Our locals tell them the water wells at that plant needed urgent attention, they ignore them and now fart hit the fan. Our locals tell them there is not adequate water up at Pari because they tested before moving to Barbay East End. The professional UK company set up shop at the same spot then wait until afterwards to realize it doesnt have enough water and now fart hit the fan. How much fart we want in our face so?

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      • Man Down
        April 12, 2012
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        not the real critic Myron you need to speak for yourself ..!

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    • back off our prince
      April 12, 2012
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      bouy ayo always trying to get fraser esteem PS willock in ayo melee you aint see the boy living good and he aint got ayo to study?? keep off him for one min know man jah!!

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      • Nonsense
        April 12, 2012
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        lol living good? prince? i hope he can reimburse govt for legal expense with the court case he will lose.

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      • eat out
        April 13, 2012
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        prince J willock will be ok they need him he aint need dem and he born here so eat your heart out people :lol:

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  5. .
    April 12, 2012
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    Fraser you can talk all you want, we are not going to wait on BiWater. You had people suffering no water, filt runing the streets yet you claiming you did such a wounderful job.

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  6. puttin
    April 12, 2012
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    It is alarming that politicians are trying to justify themselves when people cannot bathe and drink water on a daily basis like were some third world country

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    • oh really
      April 12, 2012
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      This isnt a third world country? wake up, where do you think you live? You can drive your lexus’ and such but if you drive over sewerage and have no water to wash it down you are in the third world!!!

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    • Cyclops
      April 12, 2012
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      We are exactly that my friend. We are a third world Country.

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      • Period Cramps
        April 12, 2012
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        3rd world country 3rd district rep hmmm :?: :?: 8-O

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  7. smh
    April 12, 2012
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    thats why I refrain from returning home to my beloved country, it is falling apart slowly due to politics and political victimisation. when we step one step forward, next day its 10 step backwards ad we never reach anywhere.

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  8. sigh
    April 12, 2012
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    politics dipping into people water while i cant bathe. ndp please clear up the mess quickly and stop the political games

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  9. oh gard
    April 12, 2012
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    serriously why is anyone entertaining fraser? the fact is the plant is underperforming…stupes

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  10. Hmm.
    April 12, 2012
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    Ok, so Kerof states that the plant was 90% inoperable, but then says it was producing more water before it was fixed. How can that BE ?
    He also states that the reduced output is based on the limited water available from the wells feeding the plant.
    Seems pretty obvious, increase availability of raw water, and production will go up.
    But to spin this as a negative after plant was refurbished is just a political game, nothing else.

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    • sam the man
      April 12, 2012
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      to Hmm the member for the 3rd.is who talk about limited water from the wells. yet at paraquita bay a plant was design for 2.3 millions galls.per day knowing that the well fields could not supply that amount.oc said that when they tested some years ago.that is why they are at bar bay

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      • Hmm.
        April 12, 2012
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        not true.
        they are at Bar bay, because a certain NDP support group acquired land there, no other reason.
        Do some research on this, it will sadden you.

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        • Anonymous
          April 12, 2012
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          So you’d prefer a foreigner to have it. You crab in the barrel.

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    • insider
      April 12, 2012
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      i agree with Hmm willock was told to get rid of Kerof and he kept him on now he turn around and bite Fraser…let ayo tek dat..

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