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Over $1 million for new sewerage plant in CGB

Section of the malfunctioning sewerage plant in Cane Garden Bay on Tortola.

Residents of Cane Garden Bay are set to benefit from a two-phase sewerage project that will see a quick fix to the existing non-functional sewerage plant as well as a new-and-upgraded plant projected to cost more than $1 million.

Work on the new sewerage facility is expected to begin by the third quarter of this year.

Sewerage control has been a long-standing issue in the tourism hub of Cane Garden Bay largely due to the outdated, 20-year-old plant being used to treat 35 lifts stations (also called pump stations) and a large number of households.

Sewage lift stations are used for pumping wastewater or sewage from a lower elevation to a higher one.

Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communication and Works, Jeremy Hodge who gave an overview of the proposed project said the lift stations will be moved from residents’ properties and placed by the road.

He also said the number of lift stations in Cane Garden Bay will be reduced to seven.

“So, instead of having them at your homes, they will be out of the way.”

Correcting a two-decade-old wrong

While addressing the gathering at the community’s Methodist Church yesterday, District Representative Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull said the project was long in coming.

“I have been beckoning and making noise and kicking up and prancing up to ensure that we bring about a solution to this problem,” he said.

“I never understood why we did what we did. I am not here to bash and go back into history and do the blame thing. It was not a good idea. It was not wise but it was done and now we have an opportunity to correct it.”

Turnbull said the nonfunctional sewerage plant affected the health of persons who frequent nearby properties such as the Ivan Dawson Primary School and churches.

While the new plant is being built, the existing plant will be retrofitted. A backup generator will also be installed at the existing plant.

About the sewerage project

Among plans being proposed for the two-phase sewerage project will be the installation of 12-inch pipes to replace the four-inch and six-inch ones, removal of lift stations from people’s yards, and a new, fully-functional plant equipped with the latest technology and attendants.

Additionally, the new plant will be low-maintenance, and the need for constant pumping will be significantly reduced. The plant will be raised to a higher platform and retaining walls will be erected to avoid flooding.

The existing plant was severely affected by the August floods and was completely knocked out of commission by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Since then, sewerage trucks are brought in ever so often to deal with waste.

The sewerage projects combined are expected to cost roughly $1.6 million, which will be partly funded by a $68,000 grant from the European Union and a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank.

Section of the Sewerage plant in Cane Garden Bay.

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  1. Good..but! says:

    I’m happy and sad at the same time! I’m happy that this long standing issue affecting CGBay is being rectified finally however, how much have we spent on sewage treatment plants and other sewage related projects over the past 10 years, only to be here now talking about how problematic things are? If I’m not mistaken we have spent over $20mil and I’m not including the major works Biwater did! Would someone please tell me I’m wrong on this? Please?

  2. Like him or not, he occasionally talks some sense says:

    President Trump said the following in Davos today:

    “I’m here to deliver a simple message – there has never been a better time to hire, to build, to invest and to grow in the United States. America is open for business and we are competitive once again.”

    The BVI remains closed for business, foreign investment restricted by land holding license requirements, and silly silly Labour practices.

    Oh dear!

    • Finally somebody speaking the truth and for the people of the United states says:

      Finally somebody speaking the truth and standing for the united states. If all countries did that they would all benefit for their people. Goes to show you all other countries “leaders” don’t give a s*&^

  3. Socrates says:

    👍👍👍to the efforts (at least the commitment of $1M) being employed to address the sewage treatment process in CGB. But got a few ???. If the current plant is non-functional, that means that raw sewage is being discharge into the bay, is it not? How reliable are the tests that indicate the measured bacteria levels were/are at a safe level? Was the high bacteria levels due to a large runoff volume?

    Why does the current system have 35 liftsations? Is the current dystem design effectively using gravity flow? Is not CGB a hilly terrain area? Force main/lift stations are typically required to move sewage when it cannot flow under gravity or there are obstacles in laying pipes to attain gravity flow? What level will the new plant treat sewage to: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary (Advance)? Will the system have a SCADA (Superbisory Control and Data Acquistion) System? Will the system be able to facilitate growth?

  4. Concern says:

    Why is everything being built in the BVI over a million dollars – is it parts or labour? I just don’t get these elevated prices.

  5. WOW says:

    Mitch will soon learn about these guys he is with.

  6. Think about it says:

    $ 1 million did not get us much of a wall

  7. Diplomat says:

    The construction cost floor for government capital projects is $1M. The construction cost per square foot per building or linear mile of road must be the highest in the region, if not the world. Construction cost is highly inflated; the taxpayers get less in quality and quantity for $1M. For example, how much did the taxpayers get for the $1M spent on a small wall at Elmore Stoutt High School or $16M+ spend on road network prior to Hurricane Irmaria. Stop the using Irmaria as the sole reason for the poorly deteriorated road condition; they were in a deteriorated condition b4 the hurricanes.

    Additionally, there are always change orders or cost over runs on construction projects. Project estimation is not an exact science but our planners and estimators consistently missed estimates by a wide country mile. For example, the $30M+ cost overrun on the Tortola Pier Park project. Moreover, it is as if estimates are conducted with the attitude that money is no object, for it is only taxpayers money. It is like that if government has a money tree in the back; it does not.

    This wasteful attitude must be curtailed. Voters must demand that the wasteful spending is stopped. The exorbitant prices is no better on the private side. This is evidence by what insurance companies are willing to pay for market replacement cost and inflated rates being charge by contractors.

    Moreover, BVI taxpayers pay more but consistently get less in both quality and quantity for construction projects. Government present little to no challenge to the highly inflated construction prices. It is clearly not exercising effective stewardship of taxpayer dollars. The cost of governing is already high and this wasteful practice is increasing the cost. An investigation or even a commission of enquiry is needed to look at high construction cost of public projects, as is occurring with the wall at Elmore Stoutt High School.

    • Great Facts says:

      I agree with every point you made, but remember if construction costs aren’t inflated how will the politicians get their cut?$$

  8. Finally somebody speaking the truth and for the people of the United states says:

    The British government a million ain’t s*&^!

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