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Sewerage control has been a long-standing issue in the tourism hub of Cane Garden Bay largely due to the outdated, 20-year-old plant being used to treat 35 lifts stations (also called pump stations) and a large number of households.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