$30 million in water system upgrades at Cable Beach for Baha Mar
The Water and Sewerage Corporation(WSC)will spend more than$30 million upgrading its infrastructure in preparation for the$2.6 billion Baha Mar project, Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour confirmed.
In August, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the government would need to borrow$50 million to complete infrastructure upgrades at Cable Beach.
Neymour toldThe Nassau Guardianon Friday that WSC works will include a number of main renewals, upgrades to either the Blue Hill Road or Windsor Road plant facilities and the construction of a reverse osmosis plant at Arawak Cay.
Neymour added that$5.5 million would need to be spent on interconnector piping from John F. Kennedy Drive to West Bay Street. This will include the installation of 13,000 feet of potable water mains, ranging in size from eight to 24 inches in diameter.
“There’s also a need for 13,000 feet of a sewer force main, and there’s also a need to put in place a reused water main. That’s about 21,000 feet that ranges from about eight to 16 inches in diameter,”Neymour said.
Similar work, which will realign water mains along West Bay Street, is estimated to cost$3.5 million, Neymour said.
“That would be the installation of some 15,000 feet of 20-inch diameter potable water main. There’s also a need for about 7,500 feet of sewer force main and about 6,000 feet of reused water main,”he said.
The reverse osmosis facility will need to produce approximately four million gallons of water per day, according to Neymour.
A new sewerage treatment facility is also being planned at Gladstone Road for Baha Mar.
According to Neymour, the Bahams Electricity Corporation(BEC)is also conducting preliminary work in preparation for the Cable Beach development, including the relocation of a leisure station, the installation of additional street lighting and the installation of additional electrical lines.
“And there’s also the request to[move]underground the existing 132,000 volt overhead line, which is a major line which runs from J.F.K. to Cable Beach,”he said.