Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool announced that Government is endeavouring to wrap up the Territorial sewerage programme by next year.
During a statement in the House of Assembly on 23 June, Hon. Vanterpool announced: “In 2017, the focus is on bringing full completion to the National Sewerage Programme, with the integration and commissioning of the East End/Long Look Sewerage System, by the middle of the year .”
The National Sewerage Programme is a major undertaking of Government, through the Ministry of Communications and Works; and during his update to the House of Assembly, Hon. Vanterpool reported that there has been significant progress with the programme, which he said was on going.
“Madam Speaker, the National Sewerage Programme consists of several project initiatives, designed to upgrade the existing and install new sewerage infrastructure primarily, in Road Town and East End/Long Look.”
In total, there are approximately 14 sub-projects, nine of which pertain to East End/Long Look and the remaining five are situated in Road Town. As work continues, Hon. Vanterpool announced that the completion of the National Sewerage Programme is very much anticipated.
“We are all looking forward to its completion, when we can boast safer and more environmentally-friendly, collection, treatment and disposal of sewerage; from the communities of East End/Long Look and Road Town; elimination of sewerage overflows onto roadways and into watercourses; elimination of dysfunctional onsite sewerage treatment systems for individual properties; reduction of ground water and marine pollution; and elimination of offensive sewage odours and other health hazards associated with current sewerage problems.”
Additionally the Minister for Communications and Works said that at present, the programme is approximately 69% complete, Road Town being more advanced at 97%, and East End/Look Long at 40%. He also noted that of the 14 sub-projects, a total of six have been completed and commissioned.