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Government reserves $39m for Hermitage Dam desilting study

Published:Monday | April 25, 2016 | 9:43 AM
A section of the Hermitage Dam in St Andrew.

The Government has set aside approximately $39 million for a  feasibility study for the desilting of the Hermitage Dam in St Andrew this year. 

The study is part of the rehabilitation programme for the dam estimated to cost $61 million.

The project is being funded through support from the Caribbean Development Bank. 

Along with the feasibility study, an assessment of the structural integrity of the dam is also expected to be done.

Six firms have been shortlisted to undertake the study, however, the government has not given a timeline for the selection of the winner of the bid.

In October last year, the National Water Commission signed the project agreement. 

Former head of the Water Resources Authority, Basil Fernandez has argued that desilting the Hermitage Dam to increase storage capacity, without a sustainable inflow of water, will not solve the problem of low output to surrounding communities.