Hundreds of South Andros residents now have water piped into their homes for the first time ever after the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) officially commissioned the area’s first pumping station yesterday.
During the commissioning ceremony in South Andros yesterday, WSC Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson said it is the corporation’s goal to take piped, potable water to all establishments on the island as far as the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) funding and government funding would allow.
The CDB provided the country with $28.33 million in financing for waterworks projects throughout this country’s islands, while the government committed $13.3 million in counterpart financing.
Last week WSC turned on piped water for hundreds of Long Island residents for the first time.
According to Gibson, in South Andros, several property owners volunteered up to 10 feet of their properties to allow WSC to plow a road for access to the island’s new 30,000 gallon reverse osmosis plant and 100,000-gallon storage tank that will feed homes and businesses.
He added that the island’s well fields will continue to be used to provide water to the systems.
“You are going to experience water coming into your homes for the first time,” Gibson said. “Everyone in South Andros should have water.”
He said there are still small patches of the area in need of infrastructure.
Gibson said the work was carried out in three lots and covered Congo Town, Long Bay, High Rock, The Bluff, Smiths Bay, Kemp’s Bay, Black Point, Deep Creek, Rolle Town, Pure Gold, Little Creek, Pleasant Bay, and Mars Bay.
Gibson said WSC will soon commission piped water on Crooked Island, and turn on repaired infrastructure on Abaco that was damaged during the passage of Hurricane Dorian two years ago.