Government has accumulated more than quarter million dollars in costs on sewerage treatment in Cane Garden Bay since the three disasters devastated the territory last year.
“A total sum of $256,700 has been billed to the government of the Virgin Islands for the collection, treating, and disposing of sewage in Cane Garden Bay,” said Minister of Communications and Works, Mark Vanterpool.
He made the statement while answering questions in the House of Assembly recently.
Vanterpool said, up to June, government had already paid $173,700 of the total amount billed.
Government had contracted St Lucian company FDL Consult Incorporated to manage the Cane Garden Bay sewerage project.
The sewerage project in that community is a part of the government’s national sewerage programme for the territory. Government recently signed a $408,000 contract for consultancy services for the programme.
Cane Garden Bay has been one of the communities most affected by sewerage issues in the last several months.
Having an outdated sewerage plant that had not been functional, authorities had to constantly return to extract sewerage from the community.
The non-functioning plant had also caused sewerage to contaminate the Cane Garden Bay beach. However, that issue has long been rectified.
A new and more modern plant is to be built in Cane Garden Bay; a community which is a prime tourist attraction in the territory.
While sewerage is still an issue for the community, authorities have managed to contain the problem while a new station is being built.
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