Works on sewerage systems that have been a sore issue for several residents for years are expected to commence throughout Tortola shortly.
This is according to Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Works & Utilities, Jeremy Hodge who told BVI News that plans for three of the projects have already begun.
“Cane Garden Bay went out for tender already so Cane Garden will be dealt with. We have a temporary solution in place dealing with Cane Garden Bay as we speak. The treatment plant has been retrofitted and is treating sewage currently and we have pumping services and installation of new pumps,” Hodge stated.
“Within the next few weeks, we’ll have all the pump stations that are required in place so that there will be no longer any need for sewerage pump trucks as often and this has been helping to prevent any contamination getting into the beach,” he further said.
Hodge also said residents who live in the affected areas of Road Town can also look forward to having their sewerage issue rectified soon.
He said: “In Road Town, we are getting the proper documentation ready to submit before Cabinet for the approval to go ahead with the repairs to that plant. It should be before Cabinet in about two weeks for a decision to be made and the resources made available to get the contractors in on the ground and get it repaired.”
The Deputy Secretary also spoke on the new sewerage system which is to be installed in the East End community. He said that an extensive study had been completed along with the drawings that are necessary for the works to be done.
It is now a matter of sourcing the funds for the project before the tender process can begin, he said.
“The public tender will not be sent forward until the required financial resources are identified. I can’t say when that would be but just like what we’ve been doing here in this ministry, we will prepare the documents for the Ministry of Finance so that in conjunction with them we can plan moving forward on which project will be funded when,” Hodge told our news centre.
Updates on the progress involved in rectifying the longstanding sewerage follow a BVI News report whereby the Department of Environmental Health said it receives just fewer than half-a-dozen sewerage-related reports or complaints every week.
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