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Portmore sewerage improvement project to begin in September

Published:Monday | September 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill - JIS

Ground is to be broken tomorrow to commence construction of the Portmore Sewerage Improvement Project, which is expected to cost US$21 million.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill; President of the National Water Commission (NWC) Dr Kingsley Thomas; and officials of the Portmore Municipal Council are expected to be in attendance.

Major works to be executed under the project include construction of infrastructure to facilitate the transfer of sewage from the treatment plants at Independence City, Bridgeport, Hamilton Gardens, Portmore Villas, and Caymanas Gardens.

Corporate Communications Manager at the NWC Charles Buchanan told JIS News that on completion, residents connected to the five plants will see a marked improvement in the service.

Decommissioning existing treatment

"This will see the NWC decommissioning four existing treatment plants in the Portmore area, converting them into pumping stations, which will transfer the sewage to the Soapberry Sewerage Treatment Plant," he said.

Buchanan noted that several public consultations have been held in and around the communities of Portmore to be impacted by the project.

He said members of the public will experience some inconvenience and disruption as a result of the works being executed.

"The Commission has taken great steps to mitigate those likely disruptions and to bring them to a minimum during the implementation phase," Buchanan said.