The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) on Friday signed over $2 million in contracts for repairs to water and sewerage infrastructure on Abaco, which was damaged during Hurricane Dorian last September.
In a statement issued on Saturday, WSC stated: “…WSC Executive Chairman Mr. Adrian Gibson, MP, signed two groundbreaking contracts to further the corporation’s work in Abaco following devastation of Hurricane Dorian.
“This is a continuation of our thrust to fully restore, construct and effect rehabilitation works to the water and sewer network in Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
“The aforementioned contracts are funded by a $15 million dollar allocation by the government that is derived from an IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) loan attained post-Hurricane Dorian. These funds are particularly directed towards restoration and reconstruction efforts in the hurricane-ravaged islands.”
The statement added, “During [the] signings, Executive Chairman Gibson signed a contract for $961,250.45 with Island Site Development (ISD).
“This contract will result in the supply and installation of approximately 1,600 feet of two-inch pipe; 1,000 feet of four-inch pipe; and 2,500 feet of 10-inch pipe (PVC) in Treasure Cay, the termination and re-installation of approximately 600 service laterals and valve installations, and exploratory excavations in accordance with the scope of works and technical specifications.
“Further, Mr. Gibson signed a contract with Bill Simmons Construction for the supply and installation of approximately 1,600 feet of two-inch pipe and 8,000 feet of four-inch pipe (PVC) in Marsh Harbour (east and west), the termination and re-installation of approximately 800 service laterals and valve installations, and exploratory excavations in accordance with the scope of works and technical specifications. The contract is valued at $1,418,474.40.”
Nearly nine months after Dorian wreaked havoc on Grand Bahama and Abaco, and ahead of the start of this year’s hurricane season next week, many areas of the islands remain without access to running water.
WSC noted that the works for these two contracts are “expected to be completed within ninety days from the date of commencement” and that the contractors are encouraged to hire Abaconians for jobs that may become available.