Work on the National Water Commission’s (NWC) sewerage extension project, in the vicinity of Mona, St. Andrew, is set to get underway in two weeks.
The $54 million project, which falls under the NWC’s Sewage Development Programme, will involve construction of a number of PVC sanitary sewers, manholes and side road laterals on a number of streets leading off Mona Road.
These include : Gerbera Drive, Palmoral Avenue, Sunflower Way, Spathodia Avenue, Garden Boulevard, Mona Mews, Ponner Pen Lane, and a short segment along Hope Road.
Director of Communications at the NWC, Charles Buchannan, informed that the Mona system will be linked to the recently commissioned Soapberry Wastewater Treatment Plant in St. Catherine, to enable better treatment.
He told JIS News that work was already undertaken in the Mona area, but the expansion works involve putting in additional lines to enable the NWC to collect sewage from private premises and to properly treat it in one central location.
He informed that the project forms part of the Commission’s continued thrust to expand its services in areas where population density and improper disposal of sewage pose serious risks to water supply, as well as to public health.
“The development of sewerage systems is mainly to protect public health and reduce the risk of improper disposal and treatment of sewage. It also protects the environment from the harmful effects of sewage that is improperly disposed of or treated. Infrastructural services such as these, aid economic development by facilitating and generating economic activity,” Mr. Buchanan stated.
The contract has been awarded to BAJAD Ltd, and will be executed over a five-month period.
Mr. Buchanan said the work will be carefully monitored and supervised to ensure that it is in keeping with the environmental standards set by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), and is in keeping with NWC’s mandate to safeguard public health.