The long-standing issue of sewerage in Greenland and other communities on the eastern end of Tortola is set to get some much-needed attention.
During a visit to the affected area this week, Works Minister Mark Vanterpool announced plans to properly address the matter.
According to Vanterpool, a portion of the $65.2 million government recently borrowed from the Caribbean Development Bank will fund the project.
“We are now putting a consultant team on it for the final designs to have the sewerage working from East End, Greenland, and Long Look coming down to Paraquita Bay where we have the tertiary treatment plant,” he said.
“We hope that by the end of this year we can see some major works along these lines.”
In the meantime, Vanterpool said government will be implementing a more immediate solution.
“We are hoping to have it temporarily fixed and maintain it so that we can see a better solution for the time being,” he said.
District Representative Marlon Penn described the issue as vexing and said he is anticipating a swift remedy for the situation.
Sewerage literally runs on street
He said there was a short-term resolution to the sewerage issue years ago. However, the 2017 hurricanes caused those efforts to get undone.
“It has become very, very uncomfortable for the people. The sewerage is literally running in the street.”
“I am very concerned that this has been going on for this long and we have to address the situation once and for all. This vexing problem has been [present for] over two decades now,” he said.
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