Cat Island to get piped water for the first time

The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) will open its sealed bid process today to hire a company to provide piped water to Cat Island, for the first time in the island’s history.

A press statement from WSC explained that the project will bring potable water from the New Bight settlement to the settlements of Douds and Moss Town, ending in the Old Bight settlement.

According to the statement, the work on Cat Island will be carried out in two lots; will include more than 62,350 feet of pipe and almost 300 service connections; and the island will be provided with a reverse osmosis (RO) plant.

The Cat Island project is part of WSC’s move to provide all Bahamians with potable water and is funded by a $28.33 million loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

“These works will replace a longstanding tankering operation, where a single truck was required to attend to residences throughout Cat Island to deliver water,” the statement noted.

“This will also result in many Cat Islanders no longer having to carry water by hand or ‘tote’ water on their heads. Relative to trucked water, for many years, delivery challenges arose during hurricanes and poor weather due to road blockages and/or the roads being completely washed away.

“The completion of these works should not exceed three hundred and fifty days or approximately eighteen months.”

The statement added that engineers have designed a water system appropriate for the effects of hurricanes and adaptable to climate change.

“Detailed studies have been undertaken to identify all areas that would likely be submerged if a high-intensity storm hits Cat Island,” WSC stated.

“In all such areas, pipes will be laid at a depth of four feet. Further, the RO plant site was selected due to it being at least thirty feet above mean sea level.

“While this initial project will not cover the entire island, the network has been designed to accommodate extensions of the potable water distribution system.”

WSC announced the activation of new a reverse osmosis plant in North Eleuthera last month.

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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