JIS News

Portmore’s Mayor Councillor George Lee has said he was pleased with Prime Minister P.J. Patterson’s commitment to look into getting the municipality connected to the first phase of the Soapberry wastewater treatment plant.
The Prime Minister gave his commitment while delivering his address at the official ground breaking ceremony for the US$50.3 million plant in St. Catherine on January 31.
The project, adjacent to the Mandela Highway is bordered by the Duhaney, Hunt’s Bay and the Rio Cobre Rivers and will facilitate over 600,000 domestic households, industrial and commercial properties. It is expected to be completed in 24 months and will be done in two phases. Phase one will see the construction of new oxidation treatment ponds capable of treating 20 million gallons of wastewater per day.
Speaking with JIS News, Mayor Lee, said he was disappointed that Portmore had not been included in the first phase of the project, but said he was glad that the Prime Minister had promised to look into the matter.
“We have a critical situation in Portmore where most of the major sewage plants are old and are malfunctioning, all except for the “ponds” in Greater Portmore” Mayor Lee said.
He noted that the situation was restricting the expansion of business and development in the Portmore community. “We have an urgent need”, he stressed, “and that is why we welcome the Soapberry project, as it will most definitely solve the wastewater challenges that Portmore faces”.
He expressed the hope that the project would be completed quickly “so that the people of Portmore could get some relief, with respect to their sewerage problems”.
The Soapberry wastewater project involves the rehabilitation of the existing pumping station at Nanse Pen, construction of a 24-inch diameter gravity fed main from Greenwich, construction of a 24-inch force main from Greenwich and from Hunts Bay, and a 30-inch force main from the Nanse Pen Pumping Station terminating at Soapberry.