Residents in Cane Garden Bay (CGB) have been warned that there is a price they will pay for the new sewerage plant being proposed for the community.
The new plant has a price tag of more than $1 million and is geared at alleviating the sewerage woes of residents in the area. Work on the plant is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018.
The sewerage problem that Cane Garden Bay residents have had to endure for years is mainly as a result of an outdated, two-decade-old plant that is being used to treat 35 lift/pump stations to a growing community.
Sewage lift/pump stations are used for pumping wastewater or sewage from a lower elevation to a higher one.
“I want you to anticipate, I am telling you ahead of time so whenever it does roll out… you don’t say ‘they never told me’. There is going to be a cost, eventually, down the line… That stuff costs money. It is not going to be free,” Second District Representative Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull told residents last week.
Following his statement, there was a low murmur among the crowd, with an apparent mixture of concern and surprise. However, Turnbull was quick to assure them.
“We are talking about six to eight months down the road when the system is fully implemented,” he said.
Project cost likely to increase
Turnbull is also anticipating an increase in the cost of the project by a few hundred thousand.
“The project [is] estimated to cost 1.5 or $1.6 million. That just includes the project. It does not include the roadways… We are probably going to look at an [overall] project that is going to cost anywhere between $1.6 and $1.9 million to get the entire roadways properly paved [with] drainage and everything.”
Price will not be excessive
Also addressing the price issue, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communication and Works, Jeremy Hodge said the price of sewerage will be included in water bills.
“It is not going to be something astronomical. But, these new tertiary systems are frightfully expensive to build and to maintain … Five percent or 10 percent of your water bill will be sewerage,” he said.
A call to the Water and Sewerage Department confirmed that presently, residents are not paying for sewerage.
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