A $2 million reverse osmosis plant that will supply approximately 5,000 residents of North Eleuthera is scheduled to be completed in April 2019.
Suez Aqua Design Bahamas Ltd., a water technology and solutions company, has been awarded the contract to build the plant. It is expected that the plant will meet the expanding needs of North Eleuthera as its economy grows, WSC Chairman Adrian Gibson said in a Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) release.
“We are trying to give the residents of North Eleuthera decent water,” said Gibson.
“We have had some issues with water here over the last few years, [it is] either brown or not having the best taste.
“What you are seeing here is the construction of a brand new 600,000-gallon reverse osmosis plant. That plant will be expandable up to 2 million gallons, if and when the economy of North Eleuthera grows.
“We think it is necessary. Eleuthera has a booming economy. A new airport is forecasted to come on-stream. We expect more investment to come to Eleuthera, so why not make that investment on the water side and ensure that headaches with respect to water are all solved?”
According to the release, the project has already begun and includes a 300-foot disposal well and employs ten to 15 Eleuthera residents.
The release adds that residents of Spanish Wells, Harbour Island and Russell Island will also benefit from the new reverse osmosis plant.
“The locals will get quality water and the investors that come to Eleuthera will have no water concerns,” Gibson said.