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WSC Officials Tour Construction of New Providence Wastewater Treatment Plants and Pumping Stations
By Kathryn Campbell
Mar 6, 2019 - 12:24:36 PM

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Scenes from the Water and Sewerage tour of Malcolm Park Major Pump Station. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

Nassau, The Bahamas – Water and Sewerage (WSC) officials led media representatives on a tour of construction sites of wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations in New Providence, Tuesday, March 5.

The Major Works Contract comprises Malcolm Park Major Pump Station, Fox Hill Pre-treatment Facility, Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) Major Pump Station and Flamingo Gardens Major Pump Station.

They are included in the loan agreement signed in December 2011 with Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to fund the implementation of the WSC Support Program – New Providence Water Supply and Sanitations Systems Upgrade. 

During a briefing, WSC Chairman, Adrian Gibson explained that the Corporation signed a million ($18.7) contract with Island Site Development (ISD) for the rehabilitation of small pumping stations and the construction of several wastewater treatment plants in New Providence.

Scenes from the Water and Sewerage tour of Malcolm Park Major Pump Station. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

He said WSC embarked on the development of a long term Wastewater Master Plan (2015 to 2035) to address wastewater collection, treatment, disposal needs and the rehabilitation of critical sewerage infrastructure in New Providence.

Malcolm Park Main Pump Station was the first stop. According to Kurt Smith, Manager, ISD, the new Malcolm Park Main Pump Station is 65 per cent complete. The construction of the station is intended for collection from the sub-basin and to pump the wastewater (after screening) into a 600 feet deep disposal well.

It will provide service for customers from Bay Street through Nautica and Vista Marina in the west, to Dicks Point in the east, and Shirley Street from Montague in the east and Frederick Street in the west. Parts of St. Albans Drive, Virginia Street, Delancy Street, West Street, George Street and Marlborough Street are also included.

Scenes from the Water and Sewerage tour of Malcolm Park Major Pump Station. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

“This site is very active,” said Mr. Smith. “We are hoping to complete it by end of March. We are also having electrical work done. Everything that we need to have this project substantially completed is being put in place so that we can have it done by the end of this month.

“We knew that this would be an environmentally sensitive site but from our construction activities nothing went into the water body. We did all of our disposal of water off-sight and not in the sea-body. We were in dialogue with WSC and knew that was an on-going concern so we took every measure not to have anything like that to happen for this site.”

The Master Plan was completed in October 2015 from which it was decided what was to be addressed as a part of the immediate or critical works.

Scenes from the Water and Sewerage tour of Malcolm Park Major Pump Station. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

“The long term objective of the Master Plan is to divide the island into three drainage areas with three regional wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). The regional plants will be at the Airport Industrial Park Plant to service the western drainage area, Gladstone Road Plant (under construction) for the central area and the Fox Hill plant (to be constructed in the long term phase) for the eastern area. This will help to reduce maintenance cost to the Corporation and increase the efficiency of the wastewater collection and disposal system,” said Mr. Gibson.

Construction was divided into two parts: small works (from January 2017- January 2018) addressed small lift stations, and major Rehabilitation of 10 sewage pumping stations, installation of 1000 feet of mains, installations, of standby generators, landscaping and other related Works.

Scenes from the Water and Sewerage tour of Malcolm Park Major Pump Station. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

Ten sites were completed. They are Nassau Street, Rawson Square, Supreme Court, Vista Marina, Lewis Street, Fox Hill, Pinewood C, Pinewood Plant, Flamingo Garden C, and Big Pond Stations. The contract also included the procurement of 48 sewage pumps, five standby generators and 28 control panels for use at various locations.

The contract for Major Works was signed on March 30, 2017.  Approximately three months later work began and is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.

WSC officials also toured on-going works at the facility in Fox Hill and Major Pump Stations at LPIA and Flamingo Gardens.

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