US$8.73 Million in Contracts Awarded For Upgrade of Sewage Plants
Contracts totalling US$8.73 million have been signed for upgrading and improvement works at six wastewater treatment facilities in the parishes of Kingston, St Catherine and Clarendon.
Of the total allocation, US$5 million is for the decommissioning of the Acadia, Bay Farm Villas and Hughenden facilities as well as the design and construction of three wastewater conveyance systems and pump stations, which will take flows into the Soapberry Treatment Plant.
The remaining US$3.73 million is for the rehabilitation of the Blackwood Gardens system and the De la Vega City wastewater ponds in St Catherine; as well as the Lionel Town Wastewater Treatment Lagoon in Clarendon.
Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, in his remarks at the signing ceremony at the National Water Commission’s (NWC) Marescaux Road offices today, said the projects will improve the operational efficiency of treatment plants, reduce contamination of groundwater, and meet the effluent standards stipulated by the NWC and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).
He informed that the facilities that are being addressed fall under the Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management (CReW) Project, and were selected from the 44 wastewater treatment plants listed under the NWC’s K-factor revenue programme.
The CReW project provides collateral resources that have enabled NWC to borrow the equivalent of US$12 million from NCB (National Commercial Bank), to finance sewerage improvement projects.
It falls under a special arrangement that involves the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The projects are part of the continuing effort to ensure that the island’s wastewater treatment facilities are capable of handling the volume of domestic, agricultural and industrial wastewater discharge produced by the rapidly growing population.
The contractor for the undertaking is Surrey Paving and Aggregate Company Limited.