National Water Commission (NWC) Chairman, Dr. Leary Myers, says the agency will spearhead the implementation of projects valued over $3.7 billion per year, for the next eight years, until the expiration of the organisation’s K-Factor Programme in 2021.
He was speaking during Wednesday’s (January 9) contract signing for implementation of the NWC’s $745 million Sector F Sewerage Systems Rehabilitation Project in Majestic Gardens, Seaview Gardens and Riverton City, St. Andrew, at the New Kingston offices of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.
The K-Factor is an Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) monitored facility, which allows the NWC to use a pre-determined percentage on customers’ bills to implement non-revenue water reduction, sewerage and other specifically approved operational efficiency projects. The K-Factor funds are later repaid to customers as an X-Factor on their bills.
Dr. Myers pointed out that the 24-month sewage rehabilitation project is one of several earmarked for implementation by an “expanded” K-Factor Unit, with the OUR’s approval.
The Chairman gave the assurance that the projects to be implemented over the eight-year period “will, simultaneously, improve service delivery to customers and strengthen the NWC’s financial position”.
“This (Sector F Rehabilitation Project) contract signing demonstrates, not only that the National Water Commission is working assiduously at providing the best possible service to its customers from existing systems across the country, but (that) positive steps are also being taken to improve and expand its infrastructure and service islandwide,” Dr. Myers stated.
Just over 3,000 residents of Majestic Gardens, Seaview Gardens, and Riverton City will benefit from rehabilitation works to be carried out on sewerage facilities serving those communities, under the NWC’s Sector F Sewerage Systems Rehabilitation Project, being executed by civil engineering firm, Ashtrom Building Systems Limited.
The scope of works will entail: replacing, where necessary, existing pipes with 100mm to 300mm PVC pipes; designing and establishing appropriate collection and conveyance systems to upgrade, retrofit and extend the present network; pipe trenching; construction of all the required manholes; and investigating and establishing the current and future needs of the sewerage system to ensure its sustainability over a minimum period of 25 years, after the project’s completion.