Minister of Works and Utilities Kye Rymer has promised to begin work on the troubling issue of the faulty sewerage system in Road Town this year.
While delivering remarks during Monday’s sitting of the House of Assembly, Rymer said funding for the undertaking is already available.
“Since the passage of the hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Burt Point sewerage plant which is the treatment plant that treats sewerage from Baugher’s Bay to Prospect Reef, has been damaged. And, in fact, has been non-functional since that time,” Rymer said.
“Obviously this hinders the treatment process significantly and is indeed a matter of urgency.”
Rymer further said his ministry is in communication with the contractor who built the plant and expects to receive specific cost estimates towards the recommissioning of the station next week.
“This government will make it a top priority to begin the repairs for this plant this year as it relates to a more efficient functioning Road Town sewerage network with the aim of mitigating odour and the periodic backing up of manholes throughout Road Town.”
In the meantime, the minister said FDL Consulting group has been asked to prepare a proposal which would outline a review of the Road Town sewerage network in order to improve it.
Last year, the former National Democratic Party administration signed a $408,000 contract with the St Lucia-based firm to receive consultancy services for the National Sewerage Programme.
The firm was expected to review preliminary designs for the sewerage systems at Cane Garden Bay, review existing plans for East End, and review recommendations for lift stations for the Road Town sewer network.
The firm was also expected to conduct all engineering services necessary to update any design gaps and contract administration and construction supervision.
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