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Gov’t chided for underfunding repairs to D3’s sewerage plant

Opposition Leader Julian Fraser has chastised the government for underfunding repairs to a sewerage treatment plant in the Third District where he serves as the elected representative.

“It is something that bothers me and it should bother everyone who knows about it and people who don’t know about it should hear about it,“ Fraser said while speaking in the House of Assembly (HOA) recently.

Fraser was at the time addressing monies assigned by the government to the Burt Point sewerage treatment plant in a $31 million Schedule of Additional Provisions (SAP) that passed in the HOA.

He explained that the plant, which treats all municipal sewerage in Tortola, except for Cane Garden Bay, has been down since the September 2017 hurricanes.

“I was told that the cost to repair the plant is $2.5 million – six years ago … So it’s before this government’s time, yes. But I can’t let this government off the hook,” Fraser said.

“It’s $2.5 million that the plant needs to get repaired but they put $300,000 in the budget,” Fraser complained.

But Fraser noted that the government seemingly acknowledged their error and added another $1 million to the subvention.

“So now they come to June, in this supplementary, and realise that well, that $300,000 couldn’t do anything, not even solicit contractors’ engagement so they’re now putting in another million dollars in the supplementary towards repairs of the plant,” he added.

They campaigned and won on a promise

In the meantime, Fraser argued that the government ran for office on a promise to the people of the Third District that they would have the sewerage treatment plant up and running.

“All of them. That’s how they got elected. They did very well in the Third [District],“ Fraser stated.

Fraser said the subject minister promised earlier in 2022 that by the end of the year he was hoping that repairs would be completed or started.

The Third District Representative, however, expressed that $1.3 million was not the equivalent of the $2.5 million needed for the repairs to the plant.

“The plant needs $2.5 million to get up and running and the people of this territory should be enraged to know that the sewerage that is being generated is being dumped in the waters right out there off Slaney and we could do better,” he said.

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  1. the veteran says:

    Fraser is them match because they cant pull no wool over his eyes, not them!

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  2. Roger Burnett says:

    Pumping the island’s raw sewage into the sea can’t do much for the island’s image as a pristine tourist resort.

    The BVI was better off in the 1970’s when every grain of sand on the seabed could be seen through fifteen feet of crystal clear water.

  3. Terrible says:

    There is no proper waste management in the Territory, neither has there ever been. Dump it into the sea, or burn it is about as sophisticated as it gets.

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  4. smh says:

    Used to be $2.5M but now with all costs going up and after so many years it will cost even more!!

  5. WEW says:

    Poop keeps flowing into the sea. Maybe the tourist board should get involved. Swimming in sewage ! so turd world

  6. concerned says:

    There has been over Three years of emails on this issue in this area as there is Poop running in the street and just runs into the marina. Promise promise. Eventually it dries up then you get a S&*T storm in the wind. So please this is finally being discusses in the HOA and we hope to see some results soon.

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