The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) has commenced the reconstruction of many of its assets on Abaco after receiving $6 million of the $15 million allocation of the Inter-American Development Bank’s $100 million contingent loan facility, WSC Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson confirmed yesterday.
Gibson said that the allocation would allow for the reconstruction of desalination plants, storage tanks, well field and distribution pumps, standby generators and electrical switchgear works, pumping station buildings, water treatment systems, distribution system repair, sewage lift stations and wastewater treatment facilities, offices and fleet vehicles and heavy plant.
“With the aid of a contingent loan for natural disaster emergencies between the government of The Bahamas and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), WSC hopes to shift its focus from restoration to major reconstruction…,” Gibson said in the House of Assembly recently.
The first of the procurement work, he said, will be centered around the allocation of new water storage tanks where they are required.
“It is our plan that we will substantially complete most of our procurement works during the month of October and that contractors and additional WSC personnel will soon begin mobilizing to restore and reconstruct our water and sewerage systems across the length and breadth of the Abacos,” said Gibson.
Gibson explained that much of Abaco’s water and sewerage infrastructure was badly damaged, and he pointed to the corporation’s desperate need to get the island’s sewerage infrastructure back online to prevent any health issues.
“The damage to WSC’s Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay water and sewerage systems is particularly severe,” he said.
“Both the 500,000 and 250,000 imperial gallon storage tanks in Marsh Harbour were severely damaged and the 500,000 imperial gallon storage tank in Treasure Cay was totally destroyed. Thus far, our team in Marsh Harbour has repaired well in excess of 200 distribution system leaks as they attempt to restore an interim water supply for that community.”
Gibson reiterated that the corporation’s bottom line will be greatly affected by Abaco being offline as the island and its cays were WSC’s second largest revenue stream.