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Repairs under way to get Sewage Treatment Plant fully operational

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After years of technical difficulties, the Bridgetown Sewage Treatment Plant will soon be ready to run at optimum level.

Minister of Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams yesterday gave an update on the sewage plant in Emmerton, St Michael, after emergency work tagged at $400 000 was started on two treatment tanks there last week.

In an interview, Abrahams said the treatment tank had been cleaned entirely and painted, while the bridge was taken off and fixed as it was also in bad condition.

He also said the ministry had to take out most of the metal work from the tank, remove and manufacture new diffusers and had to “pretty much do everything”.

Despite all of this, Abrahams said the first of the treatment tanks should be in operation by Sunday or Monday.

“What it took were the people from Barbados Water Authority (BWA) working in conjunction with the contractor, pretty much working 24 hours a day.

“Once we finish this one, then we can use that tank to take the sewage and start on the second tank, strip that one down completely and overhaul it so that at the end of the process we can have both tanks working at optimum capacity . . . something that has not happened for years,” Abrahams added.

When the NATION visited the plant on Friday, the treatment tank under repair was a far cry from the scene just last week.

Gone were the bush and pumpkin vines growing on its floor and the rags trapped on the diffusers.

Workers were also busy welding new parts of the tank.

Last week, Abrahams, officials from the BWA and managing director of Project Recycle Ltd, Anderson Cherry, toured the plant to assess its condition.

At that time, Abrahams explained that the sewage plant was in danger of collapsing due to the high levels of degradation.

The minister said the plant had to be fixed as fast as possible as a collapse could spell disaster worse than that being experienced on the South Coast.

“If this plant actually broke down, then what is going on in the South Coast would look like nothing,” Abrahams said at the time.

“This plant is in worse condition than the South Coast Sewage Treatment Plant. But the manifestation of it, how the sewage is coming up through the streets, you just haven’t seen the effects of it. But you will see the effects if this plant breaks down,” he added. (AD)

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