Government has signed a $408,000 contract to receive consultancy services for the National Sewerage Programme.
Government signed the contract with St Lucia-based firm, FDL Consult Incorporated.
The firm has worked with the BVI on a number of other contracts over the last several years.
As for this latest $408,000 contract, FDL Consult will be required to review preliminary designs for the sewerage systems at Cane Garden Bay, review existing designs for East End, and review recommendations for lift stations for the Road Town sewer network.
The consultancy company will also be required to conduct all engineering services necessary to update any design gaps, and contract administration and construction supervision.
Commenting on the deal with the St Lucia firm, Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Haley Trott explained: “After the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the sewerage infrastructure was severely compromised, reversing advancements that were already made to improve networks.”
She said the Cane Garden Bay lift stations sustained severe damage with complete loss of lift stations near the sea, loss and damage to switch boxes, and damaged control panels.
The Road Town sewerage system is also said to be in ‘poor condition’ with collapsed panel boxes, missing door panels, and two stations which have been decommissioned.
Trott said the sewerage system in East End remains ‘non-operational’.
Poor sewerage management has been a longstanding issue in the British Virgin Islands, especially in East End communities such as Greenland.
Works Minister Mark Vanterpool had announced several weeks ago that a portion of the $65.2 million loan from the Caribbean Development Bank will fund the project.
At the time, Vanterpool said his ministry would implement a temporary fix while government retains consultancy services for the project.
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