JIS News

Work is progressing satisfactorily on the construction of a new sewerage system to serve the police station and market in Morant Bay, St. Thomas. This is being done at a cost of $3.3 million.
The project is being jointly funded by the Ministries of National Security; and Local Government, Community Development and Sport.
Secretary/Manager at the St. Thomas Parish Council, Clinton Gordon told JIS News that the work, which began two weeks ago, would be completed in two phases. He pointed out that the first phase involved the laying of pipes and the digging of manholes across the road, while the second phase would include the building and installation of septic tanks. “We expect the work to be completed by the end of November,”Mr. Gordon said.
The Secretary/Manager pointed out that the old system was not built for the current heavy flow, and on one occasion the St. Thomas Public Health Department had to serve notice on the Police station and the Parish Council because of the problem of overflowing sewage, and environmental concerns.
Mr. Gordon explained that the old system was not built with a treatment component, so it was necessary for the septic tanks to be emptied every two or three months to prevent overflowing.
“We expect that this system will clear up much of the problem,” he said, noting that some of the benefits to be derived from the new system included medium to long term cost saving and environmental care.

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