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US$2 million wastewater treatment plant for Boscobel

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2015 | 8:55 AM

Pickersgill launches waste-water treatment scheme in Boscobel


Residents in Boscobel, St Mary, celebrated last week after Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill launched a US$2-million scheme to construct a much-needed waste-water treatment plant in the area.

The existing sewage system was built in the mid-1980s and was designed to accommodate around 40 households in Boscobel Housing Scheme and its environs.

There are now more than 200 families living in the community, and the additional waste congests the system, causing a foul and lingering stench that local residents have complained about for many years.

President of the Boscobel community centre and neighbourhood watch group Caroline Bygrave told Rural Xpress: "Today we're breaking ground for a new waste-water treatment plant, which is really important for this community because previously, there was a huge overflow problem.

"Originally, there were only 30 families living here, but now, there are close to 300 households using that same system. This is long overdue and will really make a huge difference and generally improve the area."

Manager at Vinci Construction Timothee Delebarre claims the project will be completed within 12 months at a cost of just over US$2 million.

He said: "The Boscobel Wastewater Treatment Plant involves the design and construction of a facility that will be able to treat the waste-water generated by up to 400 houses in the community, with a plan to guarantee future growth. The project consists of three months of design work, which we are currently doing.

"In the meantime, we have already started preparing the earth and land. After the civil work, we will construct and erect circular concrete tanks associated with electromechanical equipment assembly, and a chemical dosing system.

"Really, this project should have been implemented a long time ago. Difficulties in the procurement process caused some delay, but I'm glad we are here today to actually break ground and get going."

Minister Pickersgill noted: "The disposal of sewage is of the utmost importance because when we lack proper sewerage, it comes back to haunt us. The fact is, the island of Jamaica is not nearly as sewered as it ought to and should be. It is bad in the corporate area, but perhaps worse in rural areas.

"When completed, this new plant will reduce the contamination of groundwater to meet the effluent standards stipulated by the National Environment and Planning Agency, replace deteriorated and malfunctioning waste-water treatment plants, and ensure the proper treatment of sewage."