By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff
Residents of Cane Garden Bay will have to wait a bit longer to see the much-talked-about sewerage project in their community become a reality.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works Jeremy Hodge told BVI News the initial $1.6 million sewerage project has been put back on the proverbial drawing board.
According to Hodge, there were a number of changes made to their existing plan after government hired FDL Consultants to manage the project last year.
“Instead of looking at a 10 to a 20-year solution, we are looking more futuristically in terms of a 30-year sustainable design for the area; taking all the different sectors into consideration,” Hodge explained.
The permanent secretary, however, said plans are now back in its final stages to get off the ground.
“We have now received the final documentation in terms of designs and tender documents for that project, and that information is now with the Ministry of Finance,” Hodge said.
Intelligent sewerage pumps
The new sewerage plan will see larger pumps that could be controlled electronically and be managed using smart devices.
“Let’s say if we have to get two more Quito’s [business establishments], for example, we need to have a plan that would be easily retrofitted to take the capacity,” Hodge explained.
The Permanent Secretary said the project will go through the tender process after the Works Ministry and the Finance Ministry conduct a review.
Hodge said the cost of the project has increased. However, he did not know the new figure. He was also unable to give a timeframe when work is scheduled to kick off.
However, Hodge said the new sewerage plant to be constructed in the community is designed for the same location as the current plant.
History of the project
Work on the initial works to the new sewerage facility was expected to begin by the third quarter of 2018.
The long-standing issue is mainly due to the outdated, 20-year-old plant being used to treat 35 lifts stations (also called pump stations) and a large number of growing households and businesses.
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