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New sewerage system for some communities

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2013
Robert Pickersgill, minister of water, land, environment and climate change.

The National Water Commission (NWC) has signed a contract for the rehabilitation of sewerage systems in three communities in South Western St Andrew - Majesty Gardens, Seaview Gardens and Riverton City.

The contract is valued at $745 million and is being done by Ashtrom Building Systems Limited, with a 24-month deadline.

According to chairman of the NWC Dr Leary Myers, the investment is being undertaken because the entity recognises that the proper collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater that is generated in these communities are essential to safeguarding the health, environment, and economy of the entire country.

He was supported by Robert Pickersgill, minister of water, land, environment and climate change.

"These three communities have, for some time, been plagued by problems relating to population growth and an ageing and inadequate sewerage collection and conveyance system," said Pickersgill.

"The Government, through the NWC, is taking quick and decisive action to mitigate the health risk to residents of these communities," added Pickersgill.

The project is one of several prepared for implementation under the NWC's K-Factor Programme.

Effective collection

It will rehabilitate the sewerage systems in the three communities to allow for the effective collection and conveyance of raw sewage to the recently built Soapberry Sewage Treatment Plant.

Over the next eight years of the life of the NWC's K-Factor Programme, the company plans to spearhead the implementation of more than US$40 million (J$3.7 billion) worth of K-Factor projects per year.