Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said $3.5 million has been earmarked to improve the water delivery service on Tortola.
Premier Smith said the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands approved the funds, which will be used throughout the next four to eight months.
He said plans for the funds include the development of a new pump station at Long Trench.
“The station is under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of November,” he said.
The premier said upgrades and retrofitting are currently being done to the Diamond Estate and Chalwell Estate pump stations.
Attention will also be given to Cane Garden Bay, Brewers Bay, Road Town, and East End/Long Look water lines, he added.
“This will better control the flow of water thereby reducing the opportunity for breakage,” the premier stated.
Dr Smith was responding to questions from Third District Representative Julian Fraser in the House of Assembly on Thursday, September 13.
Special team established
Meanwhile, a ‘special team’ independent of the Water and Sewerage Department has been established. Its sole purpose is to complete the aforementioned works.
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